“Crowd size matters!”
I’ve compared Trump’s behavior to the movie ‘The Cain Mutiny’. What happened today is beyond – strange! President Donald, and his Press Secretary, made a propaganda flick, featuring Crowd Size. This was Trump’s first day on the job, for Christ’s sake! The Press was attacked by a more pinched version of James Cagney – wearing a pen-striped suit. Like Cagney, in one of his gangster movies, Sean Spicer let the reporters have it. Movie directors depicted Nazis as gangsters. We see them lurking about in the movie ‘Casablanca’. Hitler was obsessed by how he appeared on the world stage. He had complete control of a cast of millions. He was supreme dictator – and director!
I studied Sean Spicer, and tried to identify that schrill scolding voice. Peter Lorrie came to mind, and Gollum. Then there is Chucky. I did not want to vote for Hillary because of her voice, but, we got her replacement. Sean will enter our living room, frequently! I am reminded of a Evil Irish Gnome controlled by the Sinister Billionaire who is the head of ‘The Green Swastika’. This is a nightmare come true. What do they want from us? To use the CIA to attack ‘The Dishonest Media’ is the most dishonest thing any reporter has seen, because this is the guy that begged the Russians and WikiLeaks to get Hillary, and change the outcome of the elections.
The Attack on the Green Movement has led to an attack on the National Park Services. This is right out of ‘North by Northwest’.
Now that Trump has the Nuclear Football. let us pray Spicer is not the go-to-guy when the President has worked himself into a froth.
In a development that sets a chilling tone for the next four years, The Boston Globe, CNN, and many other news outlets are following Gizmodo’s lead in reporting that yesterday afternoon Trump administration officials ordered the Department of the Interior to shut down the National Park Service Twitter account after the agency retweeted an image and a news story critical of Donald Trump.
The image in question juxtaposes the size of the crowd at yesterday’s inauguration festivities with the crowd at Obama’s 2009 inauguration, and the news story is about the mysterious erasure of references to climate change and LGBT rights from the White House website. Here‘s an image of the retweets, from New York Times reporter Binyamin Appelbaum:
Former CIA Director John Brennan was reportedly “deeply saddened” by President Trump’s remarks at the Central Intelligence Agency on Saturday.
According to former CIA deputy chief of staff Nick Shapiro, Brennan believes that Trump “should be ashamed of himself” for his “display of self-aggrandizement.”
“Former CIA director Brennan is deeply saddened and angered at Donald Trump’s despicable display of self-aggrandizement in front of CIA’s Memorial Wall of Agency heroes. Brennan says that Trump should be ashamed of himself,” Shapiro said in a pair of tweets.
During his remarks on Saturday, Trump took the opportunity to blast the media for their coverage of the inauguration, accusing news networks of lying about the size of the crowd that attended the event.
“Honestly it looked like a million and half people, whatever it was it was. But it went all the way back to the Washington Monument … and by mistake I get this network and it showed an empty field, and it said we drew 250,000 people. Now that’s not bad, but its a lie,” Trump said.
Trump also denied having a “feud” with the intelligence community, blaming it on “dishonest” media and vowing to strongly support intelligence officials.
“As you know I have a running war with the media,” Trump said.
“They are among the most dishonest human beings on earth. And they sort of made it sound like I had a feud with the intelligence community. And just want to let you know that the reason you’re the No. 1 stop is exactly the opposite.”
White House press secretary Sean Spicer held a press briefing Saturday night. Except not really. Spicer delivered a statement blasting the media for allegedly underestimating the size of the crowds for President Trump’s inaugural ceremony. He took no questions. The full text of Spicer’s statement is below. Using Genius, I annotated it. You can too! Sign up for Genius and annotate alongside me! To see an annotation, click or tap the highlighted part of the transcript.
Good evening. Thank you guys for coming. I know our first official press briefing is going to be on Monday, but I wanted to give you a few updates on the President’s activities. But before I get to the news of the day, I think I’d like to discuss a little bit of the coverage of the last 24 hours. Yesterday, at a time when our nation and the world was watching the peaceful transition of power and, as the President said, the transition and the balance of power from Washington to the citizens of the United States, some members of the media were engaged in deliberately false reporting. For all the talk about the proper use of Twitter, two instances yesterday stand out.
One was a particular egregious example in which a reporter falsely tweeted out that the bust of Martin Luther King, Jr. had been removed from the Oval Office. After it was pointed out that this was just plain wrong, the reporter casually reported and tweeted out and tried to claim that a Secret Service agent must have just been standing in front of it. This was irresponsible and reckless.
Secondly, photographs of the inaugural proceedings were intentionally framed in a way, in one particular tweet, to minimize the enormous support that had gathered on the National Mall. This was the first time in our nation’s history that floor coverings have been used to protect the grass on the Mall. That had the effect of highlighting any areas where people were not standing, while in years past the grass eliminated this visual. This was also the first time that fencing and magnetometers went as far back on the Mall, preventing hundreds of thousands of people from being able to access the Mall as quickly as they had in inaugurations past.
Inaccurate numbers involving crowd size were also tweeted. No one had numbers, because the National Park Service, which controls the National Mall, does not put any out. By the way, this applies to any attempts to try to count the number of protestors today in the same fashion. We do know a few things, so let’s go through the facts. We know that from the platform where the President was sworn in, to 4th Street, it holds about 250,000 people. From 4th Street to the media tent is about another 220,000. And from the media tent to the Washington Monument, another 250,000 people. All of this space was full when the President took the Oath of Office. We know that 420,000 people used the D.C. Metro public transit yesterday, which actually compares to 317,000 that used it for President Obama’s last inaugural. This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration — period — both in person and around the globe. Even the New York Times printed a photograph showing a misrepresentation of the crowd in the original Tweet in their paper, which showed the full extent of the support, depth in crowd, and intensity that existed.
These attempts to lessen the enthusiasm of the inauguration are shameful and wrong. The President was also at the — as you know, the President was also at the Central Intelligence Agency and greeted by a raucous overflow crowd of some 400-plus CIA employees. There were over 1,000 requests to attend, prompting the President to note that he’ll have to come back to greet the rest. The employees were ecstatic that he’s the new Commander-in-Chief, and he delivered them a powerful and important message. He told them he has their back, and they were grateful for that. They gave him a five-minute standing ovation at the end in a display of their patriotism and their enthusiasm for his presidency.
I’d also note that it’s a shame that the CIA didn’t have a CIA Director to be with him today when he visited, because the Democrats have chosen — Senate Democrats are stalling the nomination of Mike Pompeo and playing politics with national security. That’s what you guys should be writing and covering, instead of sowing division about tweets and false narratives.