Philip Bump of The Washington Post covers the latest remarks from former narcissist-in-chief.
…In an interview with the far-right cable channel One America News that was released on the anniversary of the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol, former president Donald Trump spent four minutes complaining about the media’s failure to cover the size of the crowd at his speech shortly before the riot began.
Before I get into the specifics of what he said, I’d like to add some additional context. You will recall that Trump’s presidency began with a nearly identical dispute over the size of the crowd at his inaugural speech. That fight set the tenor for much of his presidency. He pushed press secretary Sean Spicer to have an unscheduled news conference (at which Spicer didn’t take questions) to rebut accurate reporting about the number of people who attended the event. He complained about the coverage during a visit to the CIA, claiming without any basis in fact that more than a million people had showed up to hear him speak. The president who’d used crowd size as a proxy for his popularity on the campaign trail continued to do so once elected.
Sitting down with One America’s Christina Bobb, Trump again couldn’t resist raising this same line of complaint.
“Massive numbers. They don’t cover the numbers of people,” Trump said of the audience at the Ellipse speech that morning. “They always show the Capitol with a very small, just a tiny percentage of the people that were there. They never show helicopter pictures of that incredible crowd because it was the largest crowd I’ve ever spoken before. I’ve never had a crowd — I’ve never seen a crowd that big.”
Read the entire piece here.