Early images depict massive crowds at the 20 January 2017 inauguration of Donald Trump.
Collected via Twitter, January 2017
Early on the day of Donald Trump’s 20 January 2017 inauguration, the above-reproduced images circulated on Twitter alongside claims that they depicted crowds present for the President-elect’s swearing-in ceremonies:
At least one of two popular tweets was soon deleted, but traces of it remained in embeds and shares. A questionable aspect of the photographs was their timing, as they appeared on social media quite early, several hours before the ceremony began. Another questionable feature was the weather conditions they depicted, given that both photographs appeared to show mid-day sun although the morning of 20 January 2017 was clearly rainy in Washington D.C.:
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) January 20, 2017
At the time these photographs were circulated, crowds had only just started gathering in Washington, D.C., ahead of Donald Trump’s inauguration:
Here is the view looking down the National Mall pic.twitter.com/5WoWImhX36
— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) January 20, 2017