I Like Reality…

…I live there.  It’s where I keep my stuff.

Inauguration crowd photos.
Obama (on left) v. Trump (on right).


Now comes the news that Trump pressured Park Service to find proof for his claims about inauguration crowd

On the morning after Donald Trump’s inauguration, acting National Park Service director Michael T. Reynolds received an extraordinary summons: The new president wanted to talk to him.

In a Saturday phone call, Trump personally ordered Reynolds to produce additional photographs of the previous day’s crowds on the Mall, according to three individuals who have knowledge of the conversation. The president believed that the photos might prove that the media had lied in reporting that attendance had been no better than average.

“No better than average” is being kind: by all available metrics the crowd at Trump’s inauguration was smaller than that for not only Obama (only about a third of the size) but for George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

As I asked before, “Why lie about something so trivial, and so easily checked?”

The size of Trump’s victory in the Electoral College wasn’t historically large, it was historically small (in the bottom third).  The size of the crowd at his inauguration wasn’t historically large, it was “no better than average.”

We’re seeing dissension in the ranks:  the National Park Service tweeting about climate change and the Department of Defense(!) tweeting stories about the positive contributions of Muslim soldiers and noting that how someone uses social media can be a window into their mental health.






I’m told that copies of 1984 have been flying off the shelves as people are trying to figure out what will happen next. I suggest that rather than 1984 y’all might rather go down to your local library and check out a copy of Seven Days in May.


Epically empty grandstand along Trump's parade route.

2 thoughts on “I Like Reality…

  1. Here’s to dissension in the ranks! Thanks, Jim. Keep telling them!

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