President Trump on Monday claimed that “thousands and thousands” couldn’t get into his rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina, but cameras inside the venue showed plenty of open space.
“By the way, I have to say. We have a big crowd in here alright,” Trump told the crowd.
“You have to see outside. Thousands and thousands of people who couldn’t get in,” Trump claimed.
Trump claims there are "thousands and thousands" of people outside his rally who wanted to get in but couldn't pic.twitter.com/HuXhsWcS6e
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 9, 2019
A short time later, C-Span cameras panned to show the back of the room and as VOX’s Aaron Rupar notes, “it’s clear that there’s lots of open space at this Trump rally.”
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 10, 2019
Pictures from outside the venue showed about a hundred people gathered to watch the president’s speech on a giant screen, far from the “thousands and thousands” Trump claimed were outside.
…huge crowd!! pic.twitter.com/Hc1yHjKLyl
— 🇲🇽ΣL ΔLTΣÑΩ🇺🇸 (@zwiitt) September 9, 2019
Before the start of his rally, Trump claimed that his supporters were “soaking wet” due to “bad weather” outside his rally, but several reporters noted that it was hot and sunny outside.
Per the pool, President Trump said there are people standing in line "trying to get into the arena" for tonight's Fayetteville rally that are "soaking wet." It's 88 and sunny here.
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) September 9, 2019
.@realDonaldTrump continues his weather struggles. Discussing the Fayetteville #MAGA rally, per pool: “So we have now people standing in line trying to get into the arena and I will tell you that they are soaking wet….We have a tremendous crowd." It's hot as hell but sunny here pic.twitter.com/nvpgvpalIY
— Cameron Joseph (@cam_joseph) September 9, 2019