During his border rally at the El Paso County Coliseum last night, Donald Trump began lying about the size of the crowd in attendance because someone on his team must have told him that potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke’s nearby protest rally was bigger.
Trump cited the El Paso Fire Department as evidence that his rally was larger than Beto’s, “If you would say, as an example, that tonight 69,000 people signed up to be here. Now the arena holds 8,000. And thank you, Fire Department. They got in about 10,000. Thank you, Fire Department. Appreciate it.”
But the El Paso Fire Department responded to Trump’s claims and directly refuted them. They confirmed that Trump did not receive permission to exceed the venue limit of 6,500 people and that there were only 6,500 people inside the building during the president’s rally. The Fire Department said that “it might be 10,000 with the people outside,” but also said they didn’t track the number of people outside.
Trump had to have been told something about O’Rourke’s crowd because he claimed that only hundreds of people were at the Democratic rally, “So we have, let’s say, 35,000 people tonight. And he has 200 people, 300 people. Not too good.” But the footage below doesn’t lie.
El Paso, Texas pic.twitter.com/SsxZeNw1MJ
— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) February 12, 2019
Trump’s rally certainly pulled in thousands, but Bloomberg News reported that O’Rourke’s rally drew between 10,000 and 15,000 people. The images below, compared to the footage from Beto’s rally, seems to confirm that Beto’s rally was bigger.
Donald Trump Jr. knocked it out of the park in his speech at El Paso rally tonight. It was awesome to hear him say how he loves to hang out with his Texas buddies and shoot machine-guns! Awesome that he is so pro-gun. pic.twitter.com/2zrVyZe14R
— Oath Keepers (@Oathkeepers) February 12, 2019