President Donald Trump is once again obsessed with proving he had a big crowd.
On Wednesday, the New York Times tweeted out an image showing Obama’s much bigger turnout for the Patriots’ Super Bowl celebration at the White House.
— NYT Sports (@NYTSports) April 19, 2017
In response, the New England Patriots — who are owned by Trump-supporting billionaire Robert Kraft — sent out their own message saying the comparison was not quite fair.
These photos lack context. Facts: In 2015, over 40 football staff were on the stairs. In 2017, they were seated on the South Lawn. https://t.co/iIYtV0hR6Y
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) April 20, 2017
Fox News picked up the story and ran with it as a pro-Trump piece.
LACKING CONTEXT: New England Patriots calls out NYT for side-by-side photos of team visit to White House pic.twitter.com/RDcoYt8YZd
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) April 20, 2017
A few hours later, Trump sent out his own post bragging that the New York Times was caught in a “big lie” about his crowd size during the Super Bowl celebration.
Failing @nytimes, which has been calling me wrong for two years, just got caught in a big lie concerning New England Patriots visit to W.H.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 20, 2017
The New York Times has since updated their article to reflect the fact Obama’s photo included more than just players.
They also listed the players that did not attend and pointed out the Patriots’ close Trump ties.