Donald Trump Falsely Claims His State of the Union Address Had the Largest Amount of Viewers

Oh look, it's like the inauguration crowd size all over again.

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On Thursday morning, Donald Trump tweeted from his personal Twitter account that the State of the Union address (opens in new tab) he gave on Tuesday night had the highest amount of viewers in history—reeling in at 45.6 million. It in fact, did not.

On the contrary, in 2010 President Obama's first State of the Union (opens in new tab) address had an audience of 48 million, President George W. Bush came in at 51.8 million viewers in 2002, 62 million in 2003, and President Clinton (opens in new tab) had 45.8 million in 1994 and 53 million in 1998. We could go on and on with the numbers throughout history, but you get the point.

The false claims seem all too familiar to last year when the president told the nation his inauguration had the largest crowd size in history (opens in new tab). As you likely remember, it did not (opens in new tab). Visual proof below (Obama's 2009 inauguration on the left, Trump's 2017 inauguration on the right).


Rachel Epstein is a former editor at Marie Claire, where she wrote and edited culture, politics, and lifestyle stories ranging from op-eds to profiles to ambitious packages. She also launched and managed the site’s virtual book club, #ReadWithMC. Offline, she’s likely watching a Heat game or finding a new coffee shop.