Trump Claims His State of the Union Address Most Watched In ‘History’ But Here’s The Truth

President Trump posted a blatant lie this morning about his State of the Union address, claiming that it was the most watched in history. But our three previous presidents all had speeches with more viewers, so this lie is right up there with Trump’s inauguration crowd size lie.

“Thank you for all of the nice compliments and reviews on the State of the Union speech. 45.6 million people watched, the highest number in history. @FoxNews beat every other Network, for the first time ever, with 11.7 million people tuning in. Delivered from the heart!” Trump posted.

This claim is horribly frustrating because it has already been confirmed that his Tuesday State of the Union had less viewers than his 2017 address to a joint session of Congress.

Former President Obama’s first speeches to Congress had significantly more viewers than Trump’s as well. Obama’s first address to a joint session of Congress, in 2009, drew 52.3 million viewers and his first State of the Union address, in 2010, attracted 48 million.

Former President George W. Bush also delivered State of the Union addresses that attracted more viewers than Trump’s. Bush’s 2002 speech brought in 62 million viewers while we were still in the aftermath of 9/11. Former President Bill Clinton’s 1993 joint address to Congress, meanwhile, drew 66.9 million viewers.

What is the purpose of lying about this? This is totally ridiculous by an objective measure and only serves to further discredit the presidency.


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