When President Donald Trump didn't get the crowds he wanted at his inauguration, it was no problem.
Sean Spicer—his then White House Press Secretary—simply lied.
So when a reporter asked about the boos, jeers and chants of "lock him up" Trump received at game 5 of the World Series on Sunday, his staff already knew what to do.
White House deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley was the unlucky staffer to get asked about Trump's trip to the ballpark.
"I didn't talk to him about it. I know that there were some people there cheering as well."
"But listen, it's Washington DC, it's a pretty liberal town but the President's a big baseball fan."
"And while he wanted to go to the game and see the Nats play and also the Astros who were here a couple of years ago…it was a great night for him, a great night for the country and a great night for baseball."
White House Deputy Press Sec. Hogan Gidley: "There were some people there cheering as well." https://t.co/ksrG7CmvxS— The Hill (@The Hill)1572334500.0
NEW: The loud boos and “Lock him up” chants for Trump at the World Series was a rare moment of in-your-face disappr… https://t.co/QrH2NNqRsQ— Jonathan Lemire (@Jonathan Lemire)1572297833.0
The President left the game early after repeated booing and chanting.
In addition to not speaking to Trump, Gidley must have missed the many, many, many videos circulating on social media.
Like this one.
Donald Trump greeted with boos and with ‘lock him” up chants at World Series last night. https://t.co/boAyiRtxTd— Karine Jean-Pierre (@Karine Jean-Pierre)1572254089.0
And this one.
Loud boos for President Trump when he was shown on big screen at Nationals Park during Game 5 of the World Series.… https://t.co/YTAq9PCWq8— Jordan Fabian (@Jordan Fabian)1572225050.0
And this one.
Here’s what the cheers for the troops turned into boos for Trump sounded like from my vantage point. #WorldSeries https://t.co/xJDc0TG9KP— Aamer Madhani (@Aamer Madhani)1572227244.0
There are even gifs now!
Yup, he was crying. I wish I could feel sorry for him, but I can’t. He brought everything, every last thing, on h… https://t.co/mnPgH9Psw7— Bette Midler (@Bette Midler)1572323253.0
There is no civility in fighting fascism. The 41,339 who attended #WorldSeries game 5 last night, peacefully prote… https://t.co/3uCR0PXgp8— Trinity Resists (@Trinity Resists)1572286177.0
“... the crowd roared into sustained booing — hitting almost 100 decibels. Chants of “Lock him up” and “Impeach Tru… https://t.co/E897vgdTTa— Karine Jean-Pierre (@Karine Jean-Pierre)1572257114.0
Raucous, RIGHTEOUS boos raining down from a sea of RED at the repugnant tRump. Many shouted #LockHimUp. Well play… https://t.co/GGBQWFR433— BrooklynDad_Defiant Savage! (@BrooklynDad_Defiant Savage!)1572229381.0
So people weren't buying the White House's version of reality in 2019 any more than bought the alternative facts about crowd size at the inauguration in 2017.
@thehill Sean Spicer 2.0— Mike Groves (@Mike Groves)1572337347.0
@thehill Name 25 ...... I'll wait......🌏💤💤💤💤💤💤💤💤💤💤💤💤💤💤💤💤— Kat Barclay (@Kat Barclay)1572336917.0
@thehill They were beautiful boos. Tremendous boos. The best boos any president ever received in the history of the… https://t.co/ZZKZR9VcEk— Zizi Roberts (@Zizi Roberts)1572335327.0
He can't call the boos fake. This is why Trump only schedules "campaign" rallies in red states with a controlled a… https://t.co/SDeU19yL0z— Promises Made, Promises Broken (@Promises Made, Promises Broken)1572345675.0
Maybe Gidley was talking about head MAGA minion Representative Matt Gaetz.
Was getting selfie time with Trump the reward for leading the MAGA minions in an assault on the impeachment inquiry depositions?
That 13 of them already had access to.
Seats aren’t bad #WorldSeries https://t.co/STzKlOR5ku— Matt Gaetz (@Matt Gaetz)1572226770.0
Sharing “the Washington Suite” with Trump for Game 5 of the World Series between Nats and Astros. Melania Trump K… https://t.co/NS0zX68FT8— Jennifer Jacobs (@Jennifer Jacobs)1572222272.0
Surely the entourage cheered for Trump.
But, as for the rest of the crowd...
Whatever dude, they were definitely drowned out by the "boos"😆 Nice try😂 https://t.co/2goRsck3v7— 🎃Happy👽Howlerween😱 (@🎃Happy👽Howlerween😱)1572334832.0
I do believe this is called “grasping”. https://t.co/anbj0ixzRR— sara dee (@sara dee)1572347414.0
Just how loud was the booing?
The boos for Trump at Nationals Park registered about 95 decibels, about as much noise as food blender. The cheers… https://t.co/E7vHQgdNEE— Michael C. Bender (@Michael C. Bender)1572225253.0
When the boos rolled through the 41,000-seat Nationals Park at the sight of a smiling Trump on jumbotron, he turned… https://t.co/egXi0OqRRB— Jennifer Jacobs (@Jennifer Jacobs)1572227557.0
Like the inauguration, surely we'll soon hear tales about the loudest cheering ever recorded anywhere for any President—any person !—ever.
Bigly cheers. Covfefe.