As Trump and his supporters continue to claim that the media falsely portrayed dismal crowds by using deceptive photos taken early in the day, a news agency responsible for one of the most iconic and revealing aerial photos of the day hits back.
Reuter’s News Pictures Editor in Charge Jim Bourg took to Facebook to set the record straight, saying that the photo in question was taken at 12:01pm, the very moment Trump was being sworn-in — and not any earlier as Trump’s camp had falsely claimed.
I am seeing a lot of inaccurate talk and allegations online about the crowd photos from Friday's Trump inauguration that…
Vox posted a video comparison of the inauguration crowds in the Washington, D.C. mall in 2009 and in 2017.
The D.C. Metro also noted the difference in passengers at Trump’s Inauguration compared to previous inaugurations.
Metro Ridership: As of 11am, 193k trips taken so far today. (11am 1/20/13 = 317k, 11am 1/20/09 = 513k, 11am 1/20/05 = 197k) #wmata
— Metro (@wmata) January 20, 2017