Donald Trump’s White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, caught a lot of flack for artificially inflating the attendance numbers for Trump’s Friday inauguration. Social media went off about it, and whoever operates the Jumbotron at Dallas Stars home games got in on the fun.
“This was the largest audience ever to witness an inauguration, period,” Spicer said, with strong emphasis on “period.” “Both in person and around the globe.”
Trump himself echoed that sentiment in comments he made at CIA HQ in Langley, Va. on Saturday. “I turn on one of the networks, and they show an empty field,” Trump said. “I’m like, wait a minute. I made a speech. I looked out, the field was, it looked like a million, million and a half people.”
During the Dallas Stars game Saturday night against the Washington Capitols (this zinger made even better coming during a game against D.C.’s team), the big screen displayed the game’s attendance, as is typical at most sporting events. Except the screen didn’t list the game’s true attendance.
Stars Jumbotron with a topical joke. pic.twitter.com/9vsmTG1Agj
— Kate Morrison (@unlikelyfanatic) January 22, 2017
For the record: the American Airlines Center, which also hosts the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, has a maximum capacity of 19,323 for hockey games and 21,146 for basketball. Not 1.5 million.