A newly released cellphone video captured President Trump repeatedly bragging about his El Paso rally crowd size and claiming that it had twice the number as “crazy” Beto O’Rourke’s while visiting a hospital in the city following a mass shooting that left more than 20 people dead.
A local news station in El Paso tweeted out the footage on Thursday recorded during Trump’s Wednesday visit to the University Medical Center of El Paso.
Trump noted he was in El Paso for a campaign rally earlier in the year and began talking about the crowd size, a subject the president often touts when speaking to supporters.
“I was here three months ago and we made a speech,” Trump told hospital workers treating the victims of this weekend’s mass shooting. “What was the name of the arena? That place was packed.”
Trump then shook hands with a man off-camera who said he was in the front row of the February rally.
Trump also attacked “crazy Beto,” a reference to Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke.
“That was some crowd,” Trump said in the video. “And we had twice the number outside. And then you had this crazy Beto. Beto had 400 people in a parking lot.”
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A city official said this week that the Trump campaign still owes more than $500,000 for police and public safety services related to the rally Trump bragged about during his visit Wednesday.
Just a few miles away that night, O’Rourke held a counter-rally that drew thousands of attendees.