In an unsurprising turn of events I find myself enveloped in a conversation about crowd size at Trump’s inauguration. It seems even with multiple news outlets reporting the same information, the Trump Administration is certain that the media is trying to undermine them. Period.
Days after the inauguration, this is still a hot topic which is being covered by organizations from Fox to The Times, who all agree that the Administration is choosing to promote “alternative facts”.
I’ve talked to several different people, all of whom support Trump, are in denial about the crowd size. I’ve heard it all. “Trump had the most attended inauguration ever.” “The media are out to cut down Trump.” “Leftist liberals can’t handle the fact that Trump won.” It goes on. Of course, this is not to say that all Trump supporters believe this.
It is worrying that simple facts create huge rifts within the country. It doesn’t help either that Trump is willing to promote false narratives, even after being sworn in. While news outlets across the board agree, the crowd was significantly smaller than Obama’s. Still private citizens remain divided on the issue. It just shows that the rift between President Trump and the media is growing wider, not smaller.