Green Eagle loves to make a record of the turnout for right wing demonstrations, which is inevitably a small fraction of what they claim, and I am not going to stop now. Better pictures will undoubtedly emerge in the next few days, but here is what we can see already:
Well, what can we see here? The photos are a little bit hard to see. They were apparently taken from the top of the Washington Monument, so they don't show the whole Obama crowd, which went all the way back to the monument. The Obama crowd was estimated to have been about 1,800.000 people. I think it is clear even in these inadequate views that Trump would be stretching things to claim that even a third as many turned out for his inaugural- we are being kind to credit him with 600,000, which, for comparison, would be about twice the size of the last large Iraq war protest, several years ago.
Other measure would seem to comport with this.
"The Washington transit agency tweeted a little before noon that there were 193,000 trips taken by 11 a.m., down from 513,000 by the same time on Jan 20, 2009"
When you consider that Friday is a work day for many people, and that at least a fair number of these trips must be for other purposes, this is pretty stark, and would be well within the likelihood that Trump's crowd was no more than a third the size of Obama's.
We've seen even greater disparity in the number of bus parking permits applied for by Trump's people, and not just Obama's, but even the vastly larger number of permits issued for tomorrow's march against Trump. Or consider this story:
"The crowd also did not appear to be great for commerce. Vendors Karone Williams and Dominique Christian set up a table full of Donald Trump merchandise only blocks from the White House. But two hours into their gig, they had sold only six items: a couple of hats, some T-shirts and a $5 rain poncho.
“It’s been real slow,’’ said Williams, a D.C. native. “We’re just trying to make a few pennies."
Williams couldn’t explain the slow business."
No, but I think just about every sane person in America could. And lady, Trump's Presidency is about him making money, not you. Deal with it.
But of course, our magnificent mainstream media are already on the job, arguing away the significance of this humiliation. The Washington Post already has this to say:
"So we can assume that Trump's inauguration was not quite as popular as Obama's...To a large extent, such comparisons are simply a form of partisan competitiveness."
A third of the crowd at best is "not quite as popular," and anyway, it is meaningless, so forget about it. Even though we know the Republicans would be trumpeting it to the skies as the greatest mandate ever if the crowd sizes had been reversed.
We have never, even with the stolen election of George W. Bush, seen a President enter the White House with less right to be there, and the American people, at least the sane ones, despite lecturing by the press, know it damned well. Now, let's see how Trump's supporters compare to the people who show up in Washington tomorrow.
UPDATE: And here is a better picture, clearer and showing more of the Obama crowd:
UPDATE 2: Let the lying begin! Here is the picture that is now featured as the background at Donald Trump's Twitter page:
UPDATE 3: And the parade! I first saw news of this shortly after the inauguration, but I didn't quite trust the source, and I wasn't sure that the photos were taken during the parade, and not before or after. Well, here is Mike Pence walking past the bleacher area:
No one showed up for the parade either. I read somewhere that there were more people in the parade than watching it. Man, this is pathetic.