Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump was caught in a total lie this week at a campaign rally in Tampa, Florida.
Trump claimed in his speech that the room in which he was speaking was “packed full.”
The Florida State Fair Hall, where the presidential candidate was addressing a crowd of his supporters, was, however, the furthest thing from “packed full.” Ed O’Keefe of The Washington Post captured video evidence of this blatant discrepancy.
O’Keefe’s video is featured below, via Twitter.
VIDEO (again): Trump state fair hall not packed full as he falsely claims. pic.twitter.com/RqnKoPJzHz
— Ed O’Keefe (@edatpost) August 24, 2016
Trump’s imaginary crowd isn’t a flippant thought, though.
The Trump camp has often rehashed the charge that some kind of voter fraud is getting ready to take place come November, and for Trump to claim large crowds where there are none is a way to build up backing for a post-election day claim that some of his supporters had their votes suppressed.
So far, Trump and his campaign associates have used this claim to incite hatred against the African American community and against Hillary Clinton herself, claiming that both are out to squash Trump supporters’ votes.
This pathetically weak argument is going to quickly fall through, however, come election day, due to the sheer magnitude of Trump’s loss as predicted by all available models. For example, Five Thirty Eight gives Clinton an over 75 percent chance of winning Florida.
Trump, of course, has long been fond of lying, and he has long boasted having the worst-rated statements on Politifact.
Those who actually find it in themselves to support him might as well be singing Eminem’s “Love the Way You Lie.”
Trump’s lies did not stop him from clinching the presumptive Republican presidential nomination months before the Republican National Convention, and they haven’t stopped him from barging ahead in his fool’s quest for the presidency.
Trump, however, isn’t looking at any decent chance of actually winning the presidency come November. Model after model gives the businessman turned presidential candidate a less than 10 percent chance of achieving victory over Clinton should the election be held today.
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