With days to go ahead of the midterms, President Donald Trump is pulling out a whole clown car of familiar old talking points. Now, he’s got another one — the claim that he consistently draws more people than former President Barack Obama.
Ahead of yet another rally in Montana set for this Saturday, Trump retweeted a video clip of some supporters who’d gathered at the site with the added caption:
‘Landing in Montana now – at least everybody admits that my lines and crowds are far bigger than Barack Obama’s…’
Landing in Montana now – at least everybody admits that my lines and crowds are far bigger than Barack Obama’s… https://t.co/PCibGjS209
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 3, 2018
No matter how many times Trump trudges out the claim that “everybody” is saying something in his favor, his hyperbole remains laughable.
He might be specifically referring here to a comparison of the crowd sizes at rallies Trump and Obama held in Florida recently. At an event in Estero Halloween night at the Hertz Arena, the current president drew a crowd at least 8,000 strong, since the venue filled to capacity. A couple days later, Obama visited the Ice Palace Film Studios in Miami to stump for U.S. Senate candidate Bill Nelson and gubernatorial hopeful Bill Nelson and attracted a crowd of some 4,000 people, which remained under the venue’s apparent capacity.
Breitbart, unsurprisingly, ran a piece highlighting the difference, which might be where Trump got the basis for his above cited comment — although one far right website doesn’t constitute “everybody.” He and his inner circle have been known as frequent consumers of far right media.
Quick question though — why does it matter?
The topic is reminiscent of an argument about crowd sizes from way back at the beginning of the Trump administration that his team took even further. Despite the opposite being true, they asserted that Trump had the largest inauguration crowd size in the history of the United States, period — and the world laughed in their face.
They’re still holding to the same line.
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