Thousands of Trump supporters gathered at Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C. on Saturday for the so-called ‘Million MAGA March,’ also known as ‘Stop the Steal’ and the ‘March for Trump,’ to protest the outcome of the 2020 presidential election after President Donald Trump has spent the past week pushing baseless claims of voter fraud.
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany tweeted photos of the gathering, falsely claiming that more than a “million” Trump supporters were in attendance, despite photos showing a much different version.
“AMAZING! More than one MILLION marchers for President @realDonaldTrump descend on the swamp in support,” McEnany tweeted. “Best base in political history — we LOVE you guys!!!”
More than one MILLION marchers for President @realDonaldTrump descend on the swamp in support.
Best base in political history — we LOVE you guys!!! ❤️🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/vU65nqCSns
— Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) November 14, 2020
McEnany’s wildly exaggerated crowd size estimate was met with no shortage of backlash and mockery as people present at the event said the number didn’t even come close—but rather came to a few thousand people that filled a city block in D.C. as the event was underway.
“Big @seanspicer energy here. A million people,” tweeted Sawyer Hackett, senior advisor to former Obama cabinet member Julian Castro.
His reply was in reference to former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, who infamously asserted that Trump’s inauguration crowd in 2017 was “the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration.”
— Sawyer Hackett (@SawyerHackett) November 14, 2020
Journalist Max Burns tweeted: “The inability to tell the difference between a Thousand MAGA March and a Million MAGA March is another reason Trump lost the counts in GA, PA, MI, AZ, NV and WI.”
Burns also shared a video showing Trump’s motorcade driving past his supporters: “I really can’t think of a better way to describe Donald Trump’s disdain for the people who make up the MAGA movement. He doesn’t even tap the brakes!”
I really can't think of a better way to describe Donald Trump's disdain for the people who make up the MAGA movement. He doesn't even tap the brakes! https://t.co/FREFpHsJcj
— Max Burns (@themaxburns) November 14, 2020
“This is nowhere near one million people, Kayleigh,” writer Jesse Hawken tweeted. “More Americans have died of COVID than are assembled here.”
This is nowhere near one million people, Kayleigh. More Americans have died of COVID than are assembled here https://t.co/ozxGRh1MBh
— Jesse Hawken (@jessehawken) November 14, 2020
CNN reporter Daniel Dale also tweeted a similar sentiment.
We don’t have exact figures, but the crowd is not remotely close to a million people. https://t.co/J4y0IJp2xm
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) November 14, 2020