aside The President Can’t Stand It! He’s Distorting The Viewership Numbers For His SOTU Address

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We all know that the republican President Donald Trump has previously made claims of superior numbers that have proved inexact, if not false. That’s his style, and so it would have been a shock if he had been truthful about the viewership numbers pertaining to his 1/30/18 State of the Union Address.

Here is the rest of the story…

On February 1, 2018, John Wagner of the Washington Post penned the following report, “Trump says his State of the Union viewership was the highest ever. The ratings say otherwise.”


“President Trump on Thursday (2/1/18) boasted that the viewership of his State of the Union speech was “the highest number in history” — a claim at odds with ratings figures released the day before.”

“In a morning tweet, Trump thanked supporters “for all the nice compliments and reviews” of his address and said 45.6 million people had watched Tuesday.”

Thank you for all of the nice compliments and reviews on the State of the Union speech. 45.6 million people watched, the highest number in history. @FoxNews beat every other Network, for the first time ever, with 11.7 million people tuning in. Delivered from the heart!

 “That number matched a figure released by Nielsen based on viewership on 12 broadcast networks and cable channels.”
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“But the audience was smaller than the 48 million who watched Trump’s address to a joint session of Congress last year and smaller than several speeches delivered by recent predecessors. Barack Obama’s joint session speech in 2009 drew 52 million viewers; George W. Bush’s State of the Union address in 2003 drew 62 million viewers; and Bill Clinton’s joint session speech in 1993 drew 67 million viewers. (A newly elected president’s first address to a joint session of Congress is not considered a State of the Union speech.)”

“A White House official, who was not authorized to speak for the president and spoke on the condition of anonymity, said that Trump intended to say that the cable ratings for his speech were the highest ever. In addition to the broadcast networks, the speech was carried on several cable networks, including Fox News, MSNBC and CNN, as well as the Spanish-language channels Univision and Telemundo.”

See: [President Trump has made more than 2,000 false or misleading claims over 355 days Washington Post]


  1. Dear Mz. Gronda,

    This is yet another one of the “my dog is bigger and badder than your dog” moments in the small mind of the small handed man/child!

    On a different topic, I am truly hoping that Mr. Mueller has duplicate copies of all the data he and his team have collected in an off shore location ready for release in the likely event the United States King decides to fire him to end the investigation…

    • Dear Crustyolemothman,

      This is why I was so happy when he was appointed Special Counsel. You can count on this guy to have thought about every possibility and to have planned accordingly.

      They are now targeting his boss, DOJ Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. They would like to use the memo as an excuse to fire him.

      Here we go again!

      Hugs, Gronda

  2. I think the Washington Post made an error, Trump has LIED more than 2000 times, attempted to make a fool of the people of the U.S. more than 2000 times, It’s possible his biggest lie has yet to be uncovered by Mr Mueller or maybe there’s worse to come because he will certainly lie to cover up anything he does if there’s the least chance of it making him look bad.

    • Dear David Prosser,

      And there is the rub. The president is terrified about testifying in front of Mr. Mueller and this is currently in the works. The president knows enough to where he realizes that if this meeting occurs, he is road kill.

      This is why he is creating a storm to prevent this. This is D-Day.

      Hugs, Gronda

  3. Gronda, the man cannot stand out of his own way. He gives a reasonable speech, which is newsworthy that he did, and then drives the car in the ditch. As Thomas Wells, an attorney who worked with Trump, said “Donald Trump lies everyday, even about things of no consequence.” Keith

    • Dear Keith,

      I now expect him to lie. But he knows the difference. When and if he has to attend that interview with Mr. Miller, he knows he is sunk. I wish I could see that show, but alas, I will have to settle with fantasizing about it.

      What ecstasy. But of course, that is why the president is trying just about anything to save his bacon worth more than 237 lbs.

      Hugs, Gronda

    • Dear John Fioravanti,

      That wish would be like winning the lottery or the president being incapacitated where he could no longer tweet. Both are lovely fantasies but are not likely to happen.

      Hugs, Gronda


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