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'Delivered From the Heart!': Trump Lies About Historic SOTU Viewership

Fact check: Trump's address actually had "fewer viewers than the first SOTU's for Obama in 2010, Bush in 2002, Clinton in 1994."

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers his first State of the Union speech to a joint session of the U.S. Congress on Capitol Hill as Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi applaud January 27, 2010l in Washington, DC. (Photo: Tim Sloan-Pool/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump lied in a tweet Thursday morning when he bragged that his State of the Union was watched by the "highest number [of people] in history"—a demonstrably false claim.

While Trump appeared to be citing Neilsen ratings released Wednesday which said that 45.6 million watch his speech, that number falls well short of the number of people who watched President Barack Obama's first SOTU and isn't even as many people as watch Trump's first joint statement to Congress last year.

As the New York Daily News points out:

About 48 million people watched Obama's first speech to Congress on Jan. 27, 2010, the data-collecting Nielsen Company said in a statement Wednesday.

Trump, who's famously obsessed with TV ratings, also saw his SOTU fall behind his own first joint address to Congress. That speech, delivered on Feb. 28, drew 47.7 million viewers.

On Twitter, Trump was not spared fact-checking, ridicule, and derision after he again—like he did for his inauguration address—tried to claim credit for a crowd size that wasn't:

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