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Sean Spicer’s lies about inauguration’s crowd size gets debunked by Trump’s own Secret Service

During a press conference that seemed to set the stage for Donald Trump‘s declaration of war on journalists, new White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer chose to focus on the debate over the crowd’s size at Friday’s inauguration.

Responding to reports that attendance was less than flattering, Spicer went into defense mode and managed to blurt out a litany of factual inaccuracies in the process.

“This was the first time in our nation’s history that floor coverings have been used to protect the grass on the [National] Mall,” Spicer said, claiming that the coverings may have obscured photos of the event, making the crowd look more sparse.

“That had the effect of highlighting any areas where people were not standing, while in years past the grass eliminated this visual. This was also the first time that fencing and magnetometers went as far back on the Mall, preventing hundreds of thousands of people from being able to access the Mall as quickly as they had in inaugurations past.”

But CNN’s Jim Acosta put a damper on that claim by simply contacting the Secret Service, who told him “no magnetometers were used on the National Mall for Trump’s inauguration.”

Acosta also tweeted a photo of workers laying down ground covers on the National Mall before Obama’s 2013 inauguration, effectively debunking Spicer’s claim that Trump’s inauguration was the first to have ground covers.

Watch the press conference in the video below:

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