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.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 22, 2017
UPDATE 9:28 a.m.: Trump tweeted that he recognized people's rights to peaceful protests.
A day after more than a million people marched and rallied for women's rights, President Donald Trump tweeted a not-so-subtle dig at protesters, asking, "Why didn't these people vote?"
Trump also tweeted his take on the TV ratings for his inauguration, claiming 11 million more people watched his inauguration than former President Barack Obama's in 2013. That figure is roughly correct. The gap is closer to 10 million, Reuters reports.
Had a great meeting at CIA Headquarters yesterday, packed house, paid great respect to Wall, long standing ovations, amazing people. WIN!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 22, 2017
Here's his morning tweetstorm, starting with Saturday's CIA speech.
Watched protests yesterday but was under the impression that we just had an election! Why didn't these people vote? Celebs hurt cause badly.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 22, 2017
Here's the "protest" tweet.
Wow, television ratings just out: 31 million people watched the Inauguration, 11 million more than the very good ratings from 4 years ago!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 22, 2017
And here's the ratings tweet.
But Trump critics seemed ready for the "why didn't you vote" response.
And many replied to him directly.
It's sad you don't realize why they are protesting. Some president you are.— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) January 22, 2017
It was the largest protest in the United States history - and peaceful. Why not reach out to them?— Tracy Maher (@tracym) January 22, 2017
CNN reported only four people were arrested in Saturday's protests.
WATCH | While Trump said "celebs hurt cause badly," actress Ashley Judd's speech quickly became one of the most talked-about moments of the march.
Trump's inauguration drew about 30.6 million TV viewers, Reuters reports. That is about 10 million more than Obama's 2013 inauguration, good for second-highest since Ronald Reagan. Obama's 2009 swearing-in drew nearly 38 million viewers.
Trump has often harped on TV ratings, often claiming without evidence that ratings "tanked."
Wow, the ratings are in and Arnold Schwarzenegger got "swamped" (or destroyed) by comparison to the ratings machine, DJT. So much for....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2017
TrumpTwitterArchive.com shows he has tweeted about ratings 232 times.