Trump on Protests: ‘Why didn’t these people vote?’

Later says: 'I recognize the rights of people to express their views'
January 22, 2017 Updated: January 22, 2017

President Donald Trump on Sunday offered his take on protests across the U.S. and world against his administration.

Trump first questioned why they’re protesting, but he also noted that they have the right to assemble freely.

“Watched protests yesterday but was under the impression that we just had an election! Why didn’t these people vote? Celebs hurt cause badly,” tweeted Trump on Sunday morning.

 

About an hour and a half later, he added: “Peaceful protests are a hallmark of our democracy. Even if I don’t always agree, I recognize the rights of people to express their views.”

Trump, meanwhile, noted that he considers Monday his first real day in office after he was sworn-in as president on Friday at high noon.

Some organizers claimed that some 3 million people partook in marches across the world against the nascent administration.

Spectators fill the National Mall in front of the U.S. Capitol during the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President in Washington, on Jan. 20, 2017.(Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)
Spectators fill the National Mall in front of the U.S. Capitol during the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President in Washington, on Jan. 20, 2017.(Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

Crowd sizes have become a talking point in the first days of the Trump administration. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, in his first briefing, admonished reporters, slamming what he said was unfair reporting on the size of Trump’s inauguration crowd. There have been conflicting claims on how many people actually attended the inauguration, with photos showing differing sizes at different times of day.

“I don’t think, ultimately, presidents are judged by crowd sizes at their inauguration. I think they’re judged by their accomplishments,” Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” She added: “I think it is a symbol for the unfair and incomplete treatment that this president often receives.”

White House chief of staff Reince Preibus went further, saying that Trump’s administration will fight back against what they see as biased media coverage.

“The point is not the crowd size,” Preibus said on Fox News. “The point is the attacks and the attempt to de-legitimize this president in one day, and we’re not going to sit around and take it.”

“We are going to fight back tooth and nail every day and twice on Sunday,” he added.