Grammy-winning rapper T.I. and Tyrese know the numbers don’t lie especially when it comes to inauguration attendees. The duo went to social media to compare President Donald Trump‘s historic day turnout to President Barack Obama‘s.
Both Tip and Ty went to Instagram Friday (January 20) with side by side comparison shots.
Since yesterday, the Internet has exploded with similar comparison shots.
A slurry of photos posted on Twitter appear to show a smaller number of people than have been pictured at the presidential inaugurations of 2009 and 2013. BuzzFeed also posted a series of photo comparisons, juxtaposing images of the inaugural crowds on Friday and in years past at hourly intervals throughout the morning. Those images also appear to show a smaller crowd gathering Friday that what was seen in 2009 and 2013. (Houston Chronicle)
President Obama’s 2009 inauguration brought in nearly 2 million attendees.
Crowds on the National Mall were thin for President Donald Trump’s inauguration on Friday compared with those for President Barack Obama eight years ago, CBS News’ Scott Pelley noted. To top the record-setting turnout at Barack Obama’s first inauguration in 2009, the crowd on the day of would have had to surpass an estimated 1.8 million people. But aerial shots taken during both inaugural events show a much smaller audience for President Trump. (CBS Local)
Additional statistics have surfaced and appear to prove Trump brought in fewer people than President Obama’s 2009 inauguration.
Another sign attendance for Trump’s inauguration could be lower: Metro ridership. Per WMATA, the Washington area transit authority, as of 11 am, 193,000 trips had been taken on the city’s subway system. At the same hour in 2009, that number was 513,000, according to WMATA. The same time for the second Obama inauguration saw 317,000 riders, and President George W. Bush’s second inauguration saw 197,000 riders by 11 am. (CNN)