When researchers presented side-by-side images of crowds during the inaugurations in 2009 and 2017 to Americans and asked them which picture had more people, 15 percent of Trump voters gave the wrong answer.
Well now, the National Park Service has released dozens of photographs from Mr Trump's inauguration to prove him wrong.
The National Park Service released hundreds of photos on Monday that seem to finally prove that the audience at Trump's swearing-in ceremony was significantly smaller than that attending former President Obama's first inauguration in 2009.
The issue was first noted soon after the ceremony on January 20, but escalated into a row between the administration and the press over the following few days. Furthermore, the shot from Trump's inauguration was taken about one hour later, with Obama's audience gathering earlier in the day. But even without those estimates, Metro ridership stats and side-by-side images comparing Trump's inauguration to Obama's in 2009 demonstrate that Trump's claim lacks merit. The images were released in response to a Freedom of Information Act request from Buzzfeed and other outlets.
You can see more photos of the crowd (as well as photos from Obama's inaugurations, which had much bigger crowds) at this BuzzFeed link.
During a speech at the Central Intelligence Agency a day after Mr Trump was sworn in as president, he said: 'I turn on one of the networks, and they show an empty field. The pictures draw further doubt on the president's claims that "I had the biggest crowd in the history of inaugural speeches". What's insane is the Trumpster hoped these official government photos would help prove his belief that more than 1.5 million people arrived at the National Mall to watch him become president. We had 250,000 people literally around in the little ball we constructed'.
By the way, the Park Service is part of the executive branch that Trump now runs.