WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump said today that the audience of his first speech on the State of the Union was “the highest number in history”, but the facts deny it.
According to the Nielsen measurement agency, some 45.6 million viewers watched the speech on Tuesday night. That’s less than the 48 million that saw the first State of the Union from President Barack Obama and even that Trump’s speech to the cameras last year.
It is also less than the 46.8 million viewers who tuned into President Bill Clinton’s first State of the Union, and the 51.7 million of President George W. Bush’s speech in 2002.
Last year, Trump claimed that his swearing-in ceremony attracted the largest crowd in history, which was also false. When will the lies end?