40 Times More People Came for ObamaÂ
Thursday afternoon Donald Trump held a concert to kick off hisÂ inauguration and a weekend of celebration at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The president-elect tried to spin it, suggesting that maybe no one had ever held a concert there, pretending there were “tens of thousands of people” there, filling the space, “all the way to the back.”
Trump told attendees,Â â€œThis started out tonight being a small little concert, and then we had the idea maybe weâ€™ll do it in front of the Lincoln Memorial. I donâ€™t know if itâ€™s ever been done before,â€ he said, according to Buzzfeed. â€œBut if it has, very seldom. And the people came by the thousands and thousands, and here we are tonight, all the way back. All the way back.â€
Trump on Lincoln Memorial inaugural concert “I don’t know if it’s ever been done before” pic.twitter.com/YSNFXV6q3K
â€” BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) January 19, 2017
Later, at a donors’ dinner, Trump tried to spin a bit harder.
â€œWe thought it would be a small concert and tens of thousands of people were there,â€ the president-elect said. â€œIt went all the way to the back. They never had so many people. And very few people ever had a concert at the Lincoln Memorial.â€
None of his remarks were true.
According to an MSNBC crowd estimate, 10,000 people showed.
Meanwhile, eight years ago, Barack Obama held a pre-inauguration concertÂ at the National Mall.Â
â€œI donâ€™t know if itâ€™s ever been done before,â€ Trump says of inauguration concert at Lincoln Memorial. Hereâ€™s Obama doing it in 2009. pic.twitter.com/Ni7d7M0HD5
â€” Matt Viser (@mviser) January 19, 2017
“Rap fans danced to country music, elderly white men high-fived with young African Americans and tears mixed with laughter as a varied lineup of A-list stars and an equally diverse crowd jammed the grounds of the Lincoln Memorial to celebrate the nation and its historic president-elect yesterday,” The Washington Post reported Jan. 19, 2009.
“By some estimates, more than 400,000 people filled the western end of the Mall for the official start of a three-day jubilee of prayers, parades and parties. They endured long security lines and chilly weather for a two-hour salute to the man who will be America’s first black president and to the nation that elected Barack Obama to the White House despite centuries of racial divisiveness.”
This tweet sums it up:
â€” Mark Sundstrom (@106th) January 19, 2017
The photo above, a screenshot from CNN, was taken at 4:44 PM ET. Here’s video of Trump and his family arriving at 4:13 PM ET:
â€” CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) January 19, 2017
Many noted it didn’t help Trump wasn’t able to attract well-known talent:
Obama’s inauguration lineup vs Trump’s lineup pic.twitter.com/XFZes7mg0s
â€” derick (@DerickSmith_) January 19, 2017
Trump really drawing the same star-filled lineup as Obama was able to pic.twitter.com/TH4RzOOvfk
â€” #ThankYouObama (@lemonadenormani) January 13, 2017
Cause Obama had BeyoncÃ©! Trump has a lineup that would be lucky to play at county fairs! https://t.co/2zteeW5Fsn
â€” Zimri Padilla (@zimri_padilla) January 20, 2017
Friday doesn’t appear to be much different. D.C. should be packed. Trump and his team have been falsely claiming dress shops and hotels are sold out but according to many, including one New York Times reporter, the city is conspicuously empty:
Taking Metro to my inauguration ceremony location. Smooth ride, quiet, seats available. I’ve had more trouble getting to a Nats game.
â€” Katie Rogers (@katierogers) January 20, 2017
Buzzfeed editor tweets there’s a light crowd out Friday AM:Â
Not sure on lines getting into the National Mall, but a lot of empty space out there this morning… pic.twitter.com/0aj4DVv56L
â€” Austin Hunt (@AustinHunt) January 20, 2017
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Fox News Upset Over Biden’s Denouncement of White Supremacy – Because It Might Offend Trump Voters
After the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on Wednesday, Fox News critiqued the 46th president’s speech, taking issue with Biden’s strong denouncement of nativism, racism, and white supremacy – which, they suggested, might offend Trump voters.
Denouncing nativism, racism, and white supremacy was apparently upsetting to Fox News host Martha MacCallum and Fox News contributor Dan Henninger, who is also the deputy editorial page director of The Wall Street Journal.
Trump supporters “might be asking, ‘Why is he bringing up nativism and fear and telling lies for power and profit in the middle of an inaugural speech?'” Henninger asked, as Media Matters reports.
Is President Biden “talking about Donald J. Trump or is he talking about the people who voted for Trump?” he also asked.
“I think a lot of them,” he said, referring to Trump voters, “would be entitled to sit out there and say, ‘I’m not that person.'”
Many Americans would say that voting for a racist, white nationalist, and white supremacist, twice, makes you “that person.”
“And if he is trying to reconcile with the country, it’s one thing for him to be giving his inaugural speech about his grievances with Donald J. Trump, but a lot of people out there who supported Trump and his policies did not agree with some of those ideas,” he added.
It’s important to also note that President Biden – who did not mention Trump – did not support an illegal, seditious, insurrectionist, and unconstitutional attempt to overturn an election, so he is not the one who needs to “reconcile” with the country.
MacCallum added that President Biden “talked about nativism, racism and fear. And, you know, it kind of fits in to the litany of words that we’ve heard about, the ‘deplorables,’ about ‘clinging to guns and religion,’ about ‘cults’ and people being — need to be ‘deprogrammed.'”
For context, here’s are the words President Biden said in his inaugural speech that were so upsetting to Fox News.
“Our history has been a constant struggle between the American ideal that we are all created equal and the harsh, ugly reality that racism, nativism, fear, and demonization have long torn us apart,” President Biden said. “The battle is perennial. Victory is never assured. Through the Civil War, the Great Depression, World War, 9/11, through struggle, sacrifice, and setbacks, our “better angels” have always prevailed. In each of these moments, enough of us came together to carry all of us forward. And, we can do so now. History, faith, and reason show the way, the way of unity.”
Separately, he also said: “And now, a rise in political extremism, white supremacy, domestic terrorism that we must confront and we will defeat.”
It’s hard to see how anyone who isn’t a political extremist, white supremacist, or domestic terrorist could take issue with that.
Fox News complains that President Biden’s criticism of white supremacy will offend Trump supporters
— Media Matters (@mmfa) January 20, 2021
‘The Terror Hotspots Were Trump Rallies’: Former WH Aide Stephen Miller Slammed After Attacking Biden on Twitter
Stephen Miller, perhaps the most despised member of the Trump administration who is not the former president, apparently decided to test the waters of his personal Twitter account just hours after Joe Biden was sworn in to office as the 46th President.
It did not go well.
“Today, @POTUS pledged to be a president for all Americans,” he tweeted about President Joe Biden. “It’s unclear how all Americans are served by opening travel from terror hot spots, proposing a giant amnesty, or halting the installation of security barriers along the Southwest border.”
He was immediately “ratioed,” Twitter slang for getting significantly more comments than retweets or likes.
Currently, his tweet has over 9000 comments, but just 1600 retweets and just 700 likes.
Miller, who has been characterized as a white nationalist and a white supremacist, is responsible for some of President Trump’s worst policies. Among them, separating children from their parents at the border to intentionally terrorize them into telling others from Central America to not attempt to enter the U.S.
He was also the architect of Trump’s Muslim ban.
Here are some of the responses.
It turns out the terror hotspots were Trump rallies, so.
— Asha Rangappa (@AshaRangappa_) January 20, 2021
Your rock awaits. Slither back under it now.
— Helen Kennedy (@HelenKennedy) January 20, 2021
Says the person who advocated for a "zero tolerance" immigration policy, leading to hundreds of families separated at the border.
To this date, children are without parents because of your and your boss's failures.
— Aaron Parnas (@AaronParnas) January 20, 2021
You're genuinely one of the worst people on the planet
— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) January 20, 2021
Is this not Gab? I think he was looking for Gab.
— Tim Miller (@Timodc) January 20, 2021
Looking forward to seeing you chained in a crate.
— Benjamin Dreyer (@BCDreyer) January 20, 2021
don't you have a flight to Argentina to catch and an assumed name to get used to?
— Kelsey D. Atherton (@AthertonKD) January 20, 2021
Hey, hopefully one day you will be held accountable for your crimes you white supremacist pos
— SPIRAL CURSE DEMARCO (@Clarknova1) January 20, 2021
Trump Orders Secret Service to Protect 14 Family Members in Rare Post-Presidency Demand – Taxpayers on the Hook
The U.S. Secret Service will protect former President Donald Trump and more than a dozen members of his family, including extended family members, after the 45th President, defying usual agency regulations, ordered the expanded protections.
“Trump issued a directive to extend post-presidency Secret Service protection to 14 members of his family who were not automatically entitled to receive it,” The Washington Post reports.
Taxpayers will be on the hook for the millions of dollars the additional protections will cost, even after the Trump family decimated the protective agency’s budget over the past four to five years.
Once a president leaves office he or she, their spouse, and children up until they reach the age of 16 are entitled to Secret Service protection. Protection for the president and spouse is for the rest of their lives.
But Trump has demanded every family member who has ever been covered to continue receiving protection, for the next six months.
“That means the expensive, taxpayer-funded security will continue for his daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner, their three children, his son Donald Trump Jr. and his five children, his son Eric Trump and his wife Lara and his daughter Tiffany Trump,” the Post explains.
In just the first two years of his presidency Trump and his family members who are protected by the Secret Service took more than 4500 trips.
Citizens for Ethics (CREW) on Wednesday noted that “the Trump family took more trips that required Secret Service protection in one year than the Obama family took in seven.”
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