President Trump’s top spokesman has used today’s White House press briefing to berate the media — for accurately reporting the crowd size at Trump’s inauguration last fortnight.

“I’ve said it before. I’ll say it again. This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period — both in person and around the globe – bigger than Obama’s and certainly bigger than the Auckland 9s” a seething Sean Spicer said in a Saturday address riddled with falsehoods.

“These attempts to lessen the enthusiasm of the inauguration are shameful and wrong. The Auckland 9s did not have more people than Trump did”

Spicer delivered much of his 5 1/2-minute diatribe flanked by photos he claimed showed the “enormous” crowds gathered for Trump’s swearing-in ceremony.

However, unlike Sean Spicer, one of the top spokesman’s for the National Rugby League has come clean on the fact that not many people came to their 2017 inauguration of the footy season, the Auckland 9s.

Johnathon Thurston said he was shocked that more people hadn’t come to Eden Park to watch the rugby league festival and that the NRL would be better off taking the tournament to a city that would get behind it.

“It’s a great way to kick off the year, but I’m pretty disappointed with the turnout of the crowd,” Thurston said.

“If that’s the type of crowd that’s going to be turning up, then I reckon we should be taking it to elsewhere, like Asia. Get over there for a week and try to grow the game.”

“I still don’t believe Trump got more than us though. We would have had more people in the stand watching Penrith versus Parra than he did at his inaugration”


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