Donald Trump and his administration were outraged by the suggestion that more people showed up to President Obama’s inauguration than did for his. Imagine what they’ll do when they hear about the number of people who turned out to protest their anti-science agenda.
On Saturday, April 22, hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets to participate in the March for Science. While the main march took place in Washington, D.C., marches with the same message were held throughout the United States and in major cities around the world, including London, England; Florence, Italy; Tokyo, Japan; and Seoul, South Korea.
Since the marches are still going on, a concrete number for the total turnout has not yet been reported. However, photos and videos from today’s events compared to photos from Trump’s inauguration make it pretty hard to argue about which one was more popular.
Below is a photo of the crowd at Trump’s inauguration, shown alongside a photo from President Obama’s 2009 inauguration.
— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 20, 2017
Now, compare the crowd size from the photo on the right to the crowd size in the video below, which shows the turnout for the March for Science in Chicago.
— NBC Chicago (@nbcchicago) April 22, 2017
Of course, it’s not completely fair to compare the crowds in Washington, D.C. on inauguration day to the crowds in a different city. However, the following video shows that there was also a pretty significant turnout in Washington for today’s event.
— Azeen Ghorayshi (@azeen) April 22, 2017
Estimates for the number of people at Trump’s inauguration range from 250,000 to 600,000, according to PolitiFact.
With over 400 marches taking place in the U.S. alone, it seems safe to say that more people throughout the country were interested in defending science than were interested in attending Trump inauguration.
Approximately 1,000 people turned up to march in Portland, Oregon; at least 10,000 more showed up in St. Paul, Minnesota. Los Angeles anticipated around 50,000 marchers, and Philadelphia and New York City each saw crowds of around 20,000 people. With those large numbers coming from just a few major cities, the final tally will surely be comparable to, if not higher than, the turnout on Inauguration Day.
We’ll have to wait until the marches are complete to get a better estimate of how many people showed up on Saturday. One thing is for sure, though: Whatever the final number ends up being, President Trump and his administration will not be very happy with it.
Featured image via RYAN MCBRIDE/AFP/Getty Images.