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.
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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!
“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.”