The media recorded just over half a million peop0le attended the inauguration. This is an average low for the only inauguration. Obama in 2013 had an attendance of around 700,000 people. In 2009 Obama had a record high of 1.1 million people, which is the largest in history.
Spicer, in essence, insisted that Trump's attendance beat Obama. The disturbing part about this is that this was not a question asked by the press it was actually part of his written statement. This was a statement written basted on "alternative facts" and sent out to stir up a topic that they did not need to touch on.
"We know that 420,000 people used the D.C. Metro public transit yesterday, which actually compares to 317,000 that used it for President Obama's last inaugural," said Sean Spicer. "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."
In an attempt to explain why the field looked virtually empty he said that it was the barriers that qualified people from flooding the front like they often do in past inaugurations. Again this was false as the obstacles were used in 2013 and the crowds still looked virtually bigger because they were bigger.