Originally Posted by WRX300
but she was actually able to count the number or protestors on one hand
hence, "literally a handful"
Then she should have said "I could literally count the number of protestors on one hand." Which would mean there were no more than 5 protestors.
"Handful" implies an unquantified value. It is an imaginary figure and should not be used with the term "literally" unless they "literally" could fit in her hand (eg - Lego people).