President Donald Trump has never been the best when it comes to audience sizes — or being faithful to facts. So it’s no wonder that when he talked about his State of the Union address, he tweaked the truth a bit to make it look like he isn’t tired of winning just yet.
On Thursday, Trump took to Twitter to brag about the 45.6 million people who watched his speech, claiming that his was the most viewed address ever.
“Thank you for all of the nice compliments and reviews on the State of the Union speech,” he said, adding that the address was “[d]elivered from the heart!”
Thank you for all of the nice compliments and reviews on the State of the Union speech. 45.6 million people watched, the highest number in history. @FoxNews beat every other Network, for the first time ever, with 11.7 million people tuning in. Delivered from the heart!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 1, 2018
While he might have meant that much, the part about the viewership rate of 45.6 million being “the highest number in history” was nothing but fabrication.
Promptly after the tweet went live, many people on Twitter reminded the president that just one day prior, ratings tracker Nielsen Company stated that his address had 2 million fewer viewers than President Barack Obama’s first SOTU. But Trump hasn’t lost the viewership game only to Obama. Even President George W. Bush’s first SOTU address grabbed the attention of 51.7 million, while President Bill Clinton’s first SOTU address drew in 45.8 million viewers.
President Obama had 48 million in 2010 in his first SOTU!— Jacqueline Maxwell (@maxiss22) February 1, 2018
George Bush had 51 million in 2002 for his SOTU!
Facts matter pic.twitter.com/t5IVl3J4bc— George D. (@xdelmar59) February 1, 2018
mmmmmmmmOOOH MY GOD.... pic.twitter.com/jJOv87igLw— ebZ (@anxi0usM3ss) February 1, 2018
Much like the Inauguration Day fiasco, Trump loves to inflate his numbers to seem more popular or more liked than the other presidents. Unfortunately, he will have to try harder next time if that’s the goal. And lying won’t cut it, as it’s 2018, and yes, Mr. President, we can Google.