- The White House press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, significantly exaggerated the number of people who attended a protest in Washington, DC, in support of President Donald Trump.
- McEnany wrote on Twitter that "more than one MILLION" people attended the Million MAGA March on Saturday.
- It's unclear exactly how many people attended, but news organizations have pegged the figure at thousands, or tens of thousands - a far cry from 1 million.
- Demonstrators, including Proud Boys members, showed up to the event in Trump and MAGA merch.
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Kayleigh McEnany, the White House press secretary, exaggerated the number of people who gathered in Washington, DC, on Saturday to protest President Donald Trump's loss to Joe Biden.
"More than one MILLION marchers for President @realDonaldTrump descend on the swamp in support," she wrote Saturday morning on Twitter.
-Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) November 14, 2020
It's unclear what the exact figure was, but it's more likely that thousands or tens of thousands of people showed up, according to news outlets that reported from the scene, including The Washington Post and USA Today. Either way, the true figure appeared substantially smaller than what McEnany claimed.
Demonstrators attended in support of Trump's baseless allegations that Biden's victory was illegitimate.
Insider and its partner Decision Desk HQ called the election for Biden on November 6, the Friday after Election Day, and most major news outlets and decision desks had called the result by November 7.
But Trump refused to concede, releasing a statement accusing Biden of "rushing to falsely pose as the winner." Since then, however, election officials have stood by the uncertified results, which clearly show Biden the winner, and Biden has been in touch with multiple heads of state congratulating him.
Instead of acknowledging his loss, Trump turned his attention to lawsuits against multiple states. The Trump campaign is trying to undercut the integrity of mail-in voting with litigation against mail-in ballots. The president had baselessly alleged long before Election Day that voting by mail led to widespread voter fraud.
Trump made an appearance at the Washington, DC, demonstrations Saturday, driving by and waving out the window to cheering fans.
-Sara Sidner (@sarasidnerCNN) November 14, 2020
Videos circulating on social media showed attendees wearing and waving MAGA merchandise. Most attendees caught on camera did not wear a mask. Some reporters said members of the Proud Boys, designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, attended.
Some Proud Boys attendees wore shirts that said "Stand Back, Stand By," a reference to Trump's message to them during his first presidential debate with Biden.
The gathering was called the Million MAGA March. As the event unfolded, the hashtag #MillionMoronMarch started trending on Twitter.
The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment asking about McEnany's exaggerated number of attendees.