President Donald Trump boasted Monday about how he had gathered “thousands and thousands” of people in massive crowds during visits to Florida and Texas last week— GOP-led states that have set new records for coronavirus deaths over the past few days.
“My visits last week to Texas and Frorida (sic) had massive numbers of cheering people gathered along the roads and highways, thousands and thousands, even bigger (by far) than the crowds of 2016,” the president wrote.
“Saw no Biden supporters, and yet some in the Fake News said it was an equal number. Sad!” he added.
However, reporters were quick to point out that photos and video from the president’s speech in Florida did not show “thousands” of people greeting him.
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 3, 2020
NowThis noted that several “dozen” of supporters showed up to his tarmac rally in Tampa, Florida on Friday.
A wider shot shows more Trump supporters bunched at the front of empty rows of guard rails pic.twitter.com/Y94uBWVFqu
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) July 31, 2020
Florida death cult at tarmac for Trump https://t.co/OvF9iyG5Gr
— Daniel Uhlfelder (@DWUhlfelderLaw) July 31, 2020
Trump later deleted an earlier version of the tweet Monday morning in which he had misspelled Florida, currently his home state, as “Frorida,” with the misspelling trending on Twitter Monday.
— Benjamin Dreyer (@BCDreyer) August 3, 2020