Biden’s Inauguration Was Small and Quiet. Good.
Former President Donald Trump’s tenure started off with a loud debate over his inauguration crowd size. After his swearing-in, Trump insisted for months that he had attracted a larger crowd than his predecessor, former President Barack Obama.
The discussion seemed to never end. It ushered in a flurry of legitimate news reports seeking to debunk the president’s obvious lie—as if those organizations truly had nothing better to report on for the American public. It also attracted the characteristically stubborn, whimsical response that came to define the Trump administration: They were just adhering to “alternative facts,” according to then-Senior Counselor Kellyanne Conway. One can’t be sure what that means, but it was intended to acquit the president.
As Trump flew away from D.C. today via Joint Air Force Base Andrews, he could at least take comfort in the fact that his inaugural crowd size bested President Joe Biden’s, thanks to restrictions put in place after the January 6 Capitol riot as well as to curb the spread of COVID-19. Point for Trump? No, point for Biden.
To be clear, I care a negative amount about the great crowd-size debate of 2017, and all the crowd-size debates that followed. I’d rather us compete over whose crowd was the smallest,
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