Trump complains about media coverage of Elizabeth Warren’s crowd size
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday, complaining about the media coverage of crowd sizes at Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s campaign events.
“They do stories so big on … Warren’s crowd sizes, adding many more people than are actually there, and yet my crowds, which are far bigger, get no coverage at all. Fake News!” Trump tweeted.
An estimated 15,000 people attended a Warren rally in Seattle on Sunday, according to a report by Bloomberg News.
It is also reported that she drew an estimated 12,000 people in St. Paul, Minn., just a week before.
Trump’s latest dissatisfaction with the media’s crowd size coverage comes as polls show the Massachusetts senator is on the rise in the 2020 Democratic primary field. Both Warren and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., have jumped to a virtual tie with front-runner former Vice President Biden in a new poll released Monday by Monmouth University.
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However, focusing on crowd size is nothing new for Trump as he has a history of boasting about the attendance at his campaign rallies and speeches.
Footage and images of Trump’s inauguration in 2017 showed that the National Mall was partially empty during the ceremony. One expert cited by the New York Times estimated that Trump drew an audience about a third the size of President Barack Obama’s first inauguration in 2009.
Immediately after Trump’s inauguration then-White House press secretary Sean Spicer insisted that Trump had drawn “the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period.” Then, Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway famously defended Spicer’s claims by referring to them as “alternative facts.”
Additionally, it was later reported that a government photographer edited images of Trump’s inauguration to make the crowd size appear larger than it actually was after the president was unhappy with how the event looked in photos.
Recently, after critics pushed the hashtag “#emptyseatmagatour” to the top of Twitter’s trending topics following footage showing some empty seats at a New Hampshire event, the president shared photos of the event later that night and pointed out the audience size in a series of tweets.
Offline, Trump has also remarked about the size of his crowds at various events.
While in Texas after Tropical Storm Harvey in August 2017, Trump stood on a platform and exclaimed, “What a crowd, what a turnout.”
More recently, when visiting a hospital treating victims of the El Paso mass shooting, Trump used the opportunity to talk about how much larger his crowd had been during a rally in in the Texas city months earlier compared to the crowd at a competing rally held at the same time by Democratic presidential candidate and El Paso native Beto O’Rourke.