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Thread #161395 Message #3834565
Posted By: beardedbruce
24-Jan-17 - 12:32 PM
Thread Name: BS: Chelsea Clinton defends Barron Trump
Subject: RE: BS: Chelsea Clinton defends Barron Trump
"Asked whether he wished to amend his Saturday statement saying that Trump's inauguration had "the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration — period — both in person and around the globe," Spicer instead doubled down on his comments.
"Sure, it was the most watched inaugural … It's unquestionable," Spicer said, clarifying that his definition of a viewing audience included not just people standing on the National Mall or watching on television but also audiences who watched the inauguration online and through streaming services — audience numbers that have not yet been publicly confirmed, according to ABC News.
When pressed on whether Trump's inauguration had a larger audience than those at former President Ronald Reagan's inaugurations, Spicer said, "I'm pretty sure that Reagan didn't have YouTube, Facebook or the Internet."
Politico noted that "calculating the overall global viewership for Trump's inauguration would be nearly impossible, but in the U.S., it was viewed by 30.6 million Americans. That would put Trump's inaugural ceremony behind that of former Presidents Ronald Reagan (41.8 million viewers in 1981), Obama (37.7 million in 2009), Jimmy Carter (34.1 million in 1977) and Richard Nixon (33 million in 1973). The Nielsen numbers do not include viewers who watched on online livestreams.""