New Documents Suggest Trump Inauguration Photos Were 'Edited to Enhance Crowd Size'

New Documents Suggest Trump Inauguration Photos Were 'Edited to Enhance Crowd Size'

New documents have emerged which appear to strongly suggest the official pictures of President Trump’s inauguration were manipulated by a government photographer in order to give the impression the crowd was bigger than its actuality.

Some very selective cropping was apparently used in order to hide empty space where the crowd ended. The report claims that on his first day of presidency, Trump requested images that were cut especially to enhance the size of the crowd, after allegedly being angered that the turnout was less than that of his predecessor, Obama.

The Guardian reportedly obtained the documents through the inspector general of the US Interior Department, gaining access under the Freedom of Information Act. It’s also claimed that at-the-time White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer made repeated calls to locate the “more flattering” photographs.

There’s no clarification as to whether the manipulated images were ever released to the public.

At the time of the inauguration, the National Park Service (NPS) retweeted various tweets purportedly showing pictures of Trump’s significantly smaller crowd. An anonymous NPS rep recalls, however, that although it was insinuated, a request to specifically crop the photos was never issued.

It’s said the official NPS photographer “edited the inauguration photographs to make them look more symmetrical by cropping out the sky and cropping out the bottom where the crowd ended... He said he did so to show that there had been more of a crowd.”

The Guardian has more on this story.

Lead image credit: Ludovic Gauthier on Unsplash.

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user-156929's picture

I imagine ignorant people are surprised a lot!

Sean Kimbel's picture

Way to go FStoppers! Use any angle you can to anger and alienate half your audience! Don't just stick to the art of photography or anything!

user-156929's picture

The article is fair and true. The problem is people, on both sides to be fair but mostly liberals (not necessarily Democrats), with no life and need to trash talk others to feel better about themselves. Unfortunately, it doesn't work. They still have to live with who they are.

1. These are just rumors. Plus "There’s no clarification as to whether the manipulated images were ever released to the public." So what are we talking about?
2. Cropping is not "manipulation/editing to enhance crowd size". You could do such tight framing in the camera.
3. The photo used to compare the crowds was taken at 11:48 AM. The inauguration started at 1 PM, if I am not mistaken.
This article is the typical democrat piece of crap. You're trying to use any unfounded rumor you can find to bash the elected president.

Look what I've found: https://ijr.com/2017/01/783445-trump-vs-obama-inauguration-here-are-the-...
The first comments to that article are very funny:
1. "I think the difference is partly due to the fact that Trump supporters had to work."
2. "I wanted to come but 8 years of Obamas economy has put me so far in debt I could not afford it."