The Science And Politics Of Counting Crowds
Organizers and Politicians have good reason to exaggerate, but new science and technology are starting to provide a much more accurate estimate of how many people actually attend events.
The mainstream media is trying to create a narrative that Donald Trump’s inauguration was a failure by comparing it to Obama’s first inauguration and saying that twice as many people showed up to his inauguration that attended Trump’s inauguration.
In order to better compare both inaugurations, let’s take a look at the facts and let’s also look at the events surrounding both inaugurations.
Crowd Counting Guru Stephen Doig has come forward to offer his insights into the crowd sizes at both inaugurations.
From Fast Company:
Satellites will by flying over Trump’s inauguration, as they did in 2009. Journalism professor Stephen Doig, one of the gurus of crowd counting, used an image from satellite company GeoEye to estimate a crowd of 800,000 people for Obama’s first Inauguration. Official estimates for the event, though, were over twice as high, at 1.8 million, which may actually be impossible, say researchers. DDIS modeled how big a very tightly packed crowd of a million people would stretch back from the Capitol building along the Mall: It would extend across the Potomac River into Virginia.
Attendance at Trump’s inauguration is forecast to be up to 800,000, according to the U.S. Armed Forces Joint Task Force, which supports the ceremony. When final numbers come in, the 800,000 estimated for Trump may also prove wildly optimistic.
Translation? The claims that Obama’s first inauguration drew a crowd of 1.8 million people is fake news at best. It also means that the difference in crowd sizes is significantly smaller than what the mainstream media is reporting. According to the mainstream media Obama had over a million more people attend his inauguration than attended Trump’s inauguration. While Obama’s crowd was bigger, the reality is it was only bigger by a few hundred thousand people, it wasn’t bigger by over a million people.
Comparing Apples To Oranges
There are two very important things to remember when comparing the crowd sizes.
#1 – The Weather Was Different
While Barack Obama’s first inauguration was slightly colder than Donald Trump’s inauguration by roughly 10°F, Obama’s inauguration was bright and sunny.
Trump’s inauguration was anything but bright and sunny, Trump’s inauguration was cloudy and rainy.
Weather plays a factor when people decide to attend an outdoor event.
#2 – Violent Liberals Attacked At Trump’s Inauguration
This can’t be overstated. When Barack Obama held his first inauguration, protesters didn’t burn limo’s, break windows at businesses, hit supporters, and police didn’t have to use percussion grenades. All of these things transpired at Trump’s Inauguration by violent and hypocritical liberals.
More than 200 people were arrested for their violent acts at the Trump Inauguration.
A simple google search for “how many people arrested at Obama’s first inauguration” yielded no arrest numbers in the first few pages. Why is that? Because there were few if any at all.
Trump supporters have been the victims of violent attacks by liberals around the country for many months, people were calling for Trump to be assassinated.
Without question many people were seriously concerned for their safety with these liberals showing up to cause violence. The entire week leading up to the inauguration was filled with warnings that police were expecting a rowdy crowd of protesters.
It is easy to draw the conclusion that many people most likely didn’t attend for the simple fact they were concerned about a potential attack taking place.
Video & Photos
This videos below show explosions taking place to break up violent protesters, it sounds like a war zone.