Donald Trump, who just yesterday tweeted about how many important things he needed to be focusing on instead of the “Russian Witch Hunt,” found it in himself today to push all those things aside so he could whine about his crowd sizes — again.
Trump held a rally in Nashville last night, and had a meltdown earlier today because the New York Times estimated the size of the crowd gathered to be 1,000. On Twitter, Trump claimed that the rally was “many times that number.” He tweeted:
The Failing and Corrupt @nytimes estimated the crowd last night at “1000 people,” when in fact it was many times that number – and the arena was rockin’. This is the way they demean and disparage. They are very dishonest people who don’t “get” me, and never did!”
Trump actually bragged about his crowd sizes being up to 12,000, according to an audio record. Trump was heard saying:
You know we have an event. I hear we have 12,000 people there. They have 12,000 seats. We have 12,000 people. We have a lot of people…we can’t get them in. Unless the fire marshal really treats us good. I will say that we do, we have over 12,000 people standing trying to get in and most of them are in now but I’m going there to make a speech.”
But judging from this photo, that seems to be a rather hefty exaggeration:
Joseph Pleasant, a spokesman for the Nashville Fire Department, gave some information that blows Trump’s claims right up — the building Trump’s rally was held in only has a capacity of 9,600 — and Trump’s real numbers were much lower. Pleasant said:
Our Fire Marshal’s office counted around 5,500 people who attended the rally last night.”
The New York Times has since corrected its original report of 1,000 attendees, apologizing and noting that the correct number is 5,500. However, don’t expect Trump to stop touting a completely inaccurate account of his crowd size — he’s been doing that ever since his inauguration.
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