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No, The Lines Didn’t ‘Go Back Six Blocks’ for Trump’s CPAC Speech

During his Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) speech today, President Donald Trump touched on one of his favorite topics — crowd size. He addressed his audience, saying, “You folks are in here, the place is packed. There are lines that go back six blocks, and I tell you that cause you won’t read about it, okay? But there are lines that go back six blocks. There is such love in this country for everything we stand for.”

CNBC’s Steve Kopack tweeted that that doesn’t seem to be true. According to the press pool, the line seemed to be closer to one block long:

Jezebel’s Gabrielle Bluestone, too, reported that there were no lines. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, however. There were no lines because CPAC is a private event. Bluestone writes that “Only guests with room keys, CPAC ticket holders and credentialed media were allowed inside the hotel today and CPAC volunteers were stationed outside the main doors to do visual checks before people were allowed in.”

There were, however, crowds of people at points, one reporter told Bluestone. A volunteer told her, though, that the crowds were mostly made of people who didn’t have tickets who were eventually turned away. And, when asked if the crowds extended for six blocks, the volunteer said no.

The Hill reported the same thing, noting that “The entire National Harbor development along the Potomac River stretches about six blocks,” and that the streets surrounding the area were “quiet.”

Photos suggest the same:

[featured image via screen grab]

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