Trump claims crowd of 600,000 like MLK, but ‘they wouldn’t let them in’
The Donald says he thought his crowd would be like Martin Luther King’s March on Washington, but they wouldn’t let them in.” It’s absurd, because there was no “in” to be “let into” and that number would be the entire population of the District of Columbia.
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) May 29, 2016
CBS reported that Trump bragged about how big his crowd was as he went through the usual elements of his stump speech. Unfortunately, despite “hundreds of thousands” riding on “the most beautiful bikes I’ve ever seen,” Trump was dismayed that his self-estimated 600,000 attendees didn’t manage a crowd that stretched from the Lincoln Memorial to the Washington Monument.
The March on Washington for Freedom and Jobs was where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I Have a Dream” speech, and by many accounts, it was one of the most prominent anti-racism, economic and civil equality moments ever to occur in America. Trump continuously insists he’s winning with every national demographic, but there’s a certain irony in comparing his event to MLK’s when he has trashed minority groups, his approval among African-Americans leaves plenty to be desired, and he’s shown downright hostility to modern social justice movements.
Moving on, according to the U.S. Census Bureau‘s statistics, having a 600,000 crowd would mean that the Rolling Thunder riders would’ve practically had to match the District of Columbia’s entire population. Furthermore, it was almost impossible for Trump to have had that amount of people there due to a combination of National Mall crowd restrictions, the event’s late announcement, and the security measures that would’ve been instituted at that location by his Secret Service detail.