The Dallas Stars Jumbotron operator proved on Saturday night that not only does he pay attention to politics, he also has a sense of humor.
The Trump administration was haunted all day Saturday by White House press secretary Sean Spicer's blatantly false statement regarding Trump's inauguration ceremony audience. "This was the largest audience ever to witness an inauguration, period," Spicer told reporters. "Both in person and around the globe." Ironically, he went on to berate the media for inaccurate reporting.
But Nielsen ratings indicate Trump's inauguration ceremony had 31 million viewers nationwide, which is 7 million less than former President Barack Obama's 2009 inauguration and nearly 11 million less than the 41.8 million record set by President Ronald Reagan in 1981.
Even Trump himself tossed out wildly inaccurate numbers on Saturday, telling reporters at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, that he easily saw over a million people in the crowd. "I looked out, the field was, it looked like a million, million and a half people," Trump said. News reports suggested the number was closer to 250,000.
Saturday night, during the Dallas Stars hockey game against the Washington Capitals, the Jumbotron operator decided to poke fun at the incident, inflating the attendance at American Airlines Center to a completely unbelievable number.
Stars Jumbotron with a topical joke. pic.twitter.com/9vsmTG1Agj
— Kate Morrison (@unlikelyfanatic) January 22, 2017
For the record, American Airlines Center's maximum capacity for hockey games is a little over 19,000 — not 1.5 million.