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Trump claims his State of the Union was the most-watched ever

It's January 2017 all over again.


David Covucci


Published Feb 1, 2018   Updated May 22, 2021, 2:32 am CDT

For those of you who thought the calendar flipped to Feb. 1, 2018, this morning. You’d be wrong.

Sure, that tweet is dated Feb. 1, 2018, but don’t let your eyes deceive you. Time really is a flat circle, and we’re back right where we started. President Donald Trump is claiming to have had the “highest number” of viewers ever for his State of the Union address, and, as with the size of his inauguration crowd, he’s blatantly wrong.

Trump infamously trotted out then-Press Secretary Sean Spicer the day after the inauguration to defend the president’s claim the that his inauguration was the most watched in American history.

It wasn’t, but it set the tone for the administration’s frequent battle with the truth, which persists to this day.

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*First Published: Feb 1, 2018, 7:48 am CST