President Donald Trump has hit out at millions of protesters across the globe, including celebrities, who have taken part in organised marches against him taking office. More than one million people turned out for the Women’s March in the US capital, while another 1.5million were taking part in simultaneous protests across the world.
The huge protest in Washington DC is understood to have been bigger than the number of people who turned out to see President Trump’s inauguration. However, President Trump has blasted those who have been part in demonstrations.
Hitting out at celebrity protesters
In a series of tweets, he said: “Watched protests yesterday but was under the impression we just had an election! Why didn’t these people vote? Celebs hurt cause badly.” However, he then seemed to have second thoughts about the strength of his message, and added: “Peaceful protests are a hallmark of our democracy. Even if I don’t always agree, I recognise the rights of people to express their views.”
But, his second, softer message did not stop thousands taking to twitter to hit back at President Trump, saying that millions of people had voted against him. President Trump also pointed out that 31 million people watched his televised inauguration, which is 11 million more than the ratings from four years ago when President Obama came to office for a second term.
However, this was by no means the highest viewing figure for presidential inaugurations. In 2009, when President Obama was elected to a first term, making history as the first black president in America, nearly 38 million people tuned in. However, former actor Ronald Reagan gained a higher television audience, with almost 42 million people watching him come to power for his first term.
President Trump has recently said that he hopes he and British Prime Minister Theresa May can develop a relationship like that of President Reagan and Margaret Thatcher.