An official harbinger that a presidential election featuring Donald Trump is imminent? Conversations about crowd sizes.
Trump held a highly publicized rally in El Paso, Texas Monday night, and the president boasted extensively about his crowd size. He also made sure to take shots at the turnout for a rival rally: one for former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX).
“A young man who’s got very little going for himself except he’s got a great first name. He challenged us. We have say 35,000 people tonight, and he has, say, 200 people, 300 people,” Trump said at his rally. “Not too good. In fact what I would do, that may be the end of his presidential bid.”
According to estimates from the El Paso Fire Department, Trump’s claims don’t add up.
The venue for Trump’s rally holds 6,500 people, and officials told reporters that’s how many people were allowed inside. O’Rourke’s rally, meanwhile, brought out 10,000 to 15,000 people, police told Bloomberg.
NBC News was a little less bullish on O’Rourke’s crowd size, but still pegged it as besting Trump’s: “About 7,000 to 8,000 attended O’Rourke’s protest, while 6,500 attended Trump’s rally,” the outlet reported. Though, NBC noted a few thousand more Trump supporters gathered outside the arena.
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