Just watch this before anything further is said.
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) May 29, 2016
Let’s break this down, shall we?
Donald Trump was upset because his speech before the Rolling Thunder motorcycle riders didn’t look enough like one of the most famous events of the Civil Rights Movement.
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 to over 200,000 people, 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. US News quoted a Rolling Thunder sportswoman who estimated that there were only around 5,000 people at the crowd.
Furthermore, it was almost impossible for Trump to have had 600,000 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.
Just some food for thought.
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