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Factually False Inauguration Photo Hangs In White House

| by Oren Peleg

Arguing facts and numbers, President Donald Trump and his administration spent their first week in office criticizing the press for allegedly misrepresenting the size of the crowd at his inauguration. Now, the president will be hanging a photo from his inauguration that contains its own factual error.

“January 21st, 2017,” the inauguration photo, snapped by Abbas Shirmohammadi of Panoramic Vision Photography, displays. Yet, Trump was inaugurated on a day earlier on Jan. 20. He tweeted out the image with the caption: "A photo delivered yesterday that will be displayed in the upper/lower press hall. Thank you Abbas!"

“I'm like, wait a minute," Trump began in a speech to the CIA on Jan. 21 defending the alleged crowd size, notes Vox. "I made a speech. I looked out, the field was, it looked like a million, million and a half people.”

Meanwhile, third-party estimates place the attendance much lower, notes CNN. Some even cite Trump's inauguration as the most poorly attended in decades.

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"Per WMATA, the Washington area transit authority, as of 11 am, 193,000 trips had been taken on the city's subway system," CNN adds. "At the same hour in 2009, that number was 513,000, according to WMATA. The same time for the second [former President Barack] Obama inauguration saw 317,000 riders, and President George W. Bush's second inauguration saw 197,000 riders by 11 am."

"That's not even the right date," one Twitter user said in response to the photo's date error, according to Inverse. Yet, others suggest the date is correct, but refers to the well-attended Women's March On Washington that happen Jan. 21.

As Kurt Gessler, deputy editor of the Chicago Tribune tweeted in response: "Sure it is. It's the women's march. Hang it with honor."

Sources: Inverse, CNN, Vox, Kurt Gessler/Twitter, Donald Trump/Twitter / Photo credit: Twitter via Inverse

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