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The former first lady said she could tell President Trump’s inauguration crowd size was much smaller than her husband’s.
Michelle Obama appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Thursday and was asked by DeGeneres about the three previous presidential inaugurations she had attended, two of which were for former President Barack Obama, and “one of someone else,” she said.
When DeGeneres asked Obama if she could tell who had the bigger crowd size, Obama replied with a laugh, “I could tell,” in a video shared by The Hill.
The debate over the number of attendees at Trump’s Jan. 20, 2017 was first sparked on the first full day of his presidency. According to the Washington Post, Trump gave a speech at CIA headquarters and falsely claimed his crowd totaled more than 1 million people.
In comparison, an estimated 1.8 million people attended former President Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration, CNN reported.
New York Times journalist Binyamin Appelbaum also tweeted a side-by-side comparison photo that showed the larger crowd at Obama’s inauguration, a tweet that has since gone viral.
After intervention from the president, a government photographer edited the pictures of Trump’s inauguration to make the crowd appear bigger, according to The Guardian.
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