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How Packed Was the Women’s March in DC? How Sparse Was the Inauguration? A Personal Account

By now, you can review a number of aerial photographs comparing Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration to previous inaugurations, and you can see aerial shots of the various Women’s Marches that occurred the next day. They show at a macro-scale that Donald Trump’s inauguration on January 20 was sparsely attended compared to its predecessors, and that the January 21 Women’s March in DC protesting ascendant Trumpism was far more heavily attended.  Regardless of this, Donald Trump and his spokesman Sean Spicer proceeded to falsely claim that his Inauguration was record-settingly massive, a move that has been widely mocked.

Alternative Fact: Sean Spicer Declares this is the Year of Linux. PERIOD!

I’d like to augment the macro-scale photographs with my own micro-scale story, just in case you need a bit of corroboration to judge whether our new presidential administration is telling the truth about attendance at the Women’s March and Trump’s Inauguration the day before.

The Farragut West Metro Station, Absolutely Packed

I took this photo at the entrance to the Farragut West metro station yesterday at 4:47 pm, a few minutes after my family and I reached the end of the Women’s March in Washington, DC. It took us more than 2 hours to reach the actual train platform from this point, and after that we spent another half hour watching absolutely packed train after absolutely packed train roll by us, stuffed to the gills with march participants from nearby stations and unable to fit us. Finally, our metro station was sent an empty train that we shoved into. Right until the very last stop of the Silver line 40 minutes later, that train was standing room only. Every last inch was packed; I couldn’t even reach a pole and had to hold on to the edge of a poster frame in order to keep myself from toppling as the train lurched forward. At each stop, the automated safety systems would open and close the doors a few times, sensing riders who were bulging out the door. As we neared the last stop, eager to finally hop off the train and gain some breathing room, the conductor let us know that 3 other trains packed just like ours were waiting to enter the station, and we’d have to wait just a few minutes longer while those trains emptied themselves of passengers. The Women’s March in DC was packed tight like this in DC all day.

My family also went to the Inauguration to participate in a scheduled protest there the day before. On Inauguration Day we also left the event just after it ended, also leaving from the center of the event and also heading to the DC Metro to get out of town. In sharp contrast, however, on Inauguration Day we were able to stroll down a non-packed street to the Metro, glide right through the ticket area and hop right on a train that had loads of extra space and seats to spare.  Here’s a picture of the Trump Inauguration parade route on Pennsylvania Avenue, taken at 1:33 PM, between Donald Trump’s oath of office and the start of the parade.  As you can see, spectators were just one deep on my (North) side of the street and the reviewing stands were empty.

On-the-ground photo of sparse attendance at the 2017 Trump Inauguration

That’s the difference between the attendance at the Inauguration and the attendance at the Women’s March in Washington, DC as my family and I experienced it.

3 thoughts on “How Packed Was the Women’s March in DC? How Sparse Was the Inauguration? A Personal Account”

  1. Kat_A_Phonic says:

    We saw you there, acting stupidly. What kind of strange protest do you call that? Town Barker protesting? You looked like some kind of lunatic walking around waving that object and blathering about something stupid. I can’t remember what, was it about magic or something? I remember seeing you walk by in passing that it was inane, I remember that much. What you don’t recount of course, is all the clowns like yourself that were purposely blocking the entrances en masse to many of the security entrance checkpoints. We could not get through the throngs at three of them. I had clowns tipping over trash cans and paper boxes in front of me, attempting to trip me, hitting me, knocking my clothing off, etc. I don’t think much of the relevance of crowd size anyway, but I won’t ignore how protesting clowns made the whole experience difficult. I had them block my way into security several times. I also had them walk up while we were in line for security into the ticketed inauguration areas shouting out that this security checkpoint had been closed, (fake news again I guess) telling people to go around and choose another line. While waiting for the delayed parade, we had them come around and shout out they just heard the parade had been cancelled due to rioting down Pennsylvania Avenue. This type of childish behavior was not crowd-inducing, that I can tell you. These idiots should be ashamed of their childish behavior. I don’t mind peaceful protests, but disruption of other people’s enjoyment is not in step with the so-called values many of them preach. And your ‘protest’ still looked stupid. 🙂

    1. Jim Cook says:

      Er, no. I didn’t have any object other than my clothes, although halfway through a checkpoint someone gave me their sign, which the Secret Service then confiscated on the argument that the sign (which was a standard size and only read “Stop Trump”) might “distract others.” You apparently saw someone else. Glad you got bothered by someone’s speech, though. Absurdist theater is fun. I can’t decide whether the dancing vegan or the wedding ceremony between Putin and Trump characters was my favorite.

      I do agree that there were about 200 absolutely idiotic anarchists at the Inauguration, with which the organized protest groups were not associated. The anarchists who engaged in acts of violence that day played right into the hands of authoritarians like Trump and possibly had that in mind. The many thousands of peaceful protesters far outnumbered them on Inauguration Day, and there was not a single arrest during the Women’s March in DC.

      1. Kat_A_Phonic says:

        Sorry, we thought we recognized you. Perhaps it was just your brother; I wouldn’t notice enough to tell the difference.
        However, I disagree with there only being 200 anarchists at the protest in DC. Anarchy to me is not being able to cross the public street as a citizen, without having someone attempt to block my legal passage and trip my feet. Anarchy to me is not being able to walk the street without someone hitting your head. And this was not on K-street, I stayed far away from there. Anarchy to me is not having lunatics shouting at you in a security line that this gate was closed (false or fake news) to try and discourage people from entering. There were thousands of anarchist protesters there on Friday.

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