President Donald Trump and former Democratic Congressman Beto O’Rourke held dueling rallies in El Paso, Texas Monday night, and Trump was once again busted for lying about the size of his crowd.
Before arriving in Dallas, Trump had already set the stage for another showdown over how many people were attending his event.
“We have a line that is very long already. I mean, you see what’s going on,” Trump said at a White House event with sheriffs. “And I understand our competition’s got a line, too, but it’s a tiny, little line.”
Trump also incorrectly boasted right before the rally started that “69,000 signed up to be here,” adding that “the arena holds about 8,000.”
When Trump took the stage, the distortions continued.
“So we have roughly 35,000 people tonight,” Trump groaned, “and [O’Rourke] has 200 people, 300 people, not too good.”
In trying to diss Beto, Trump brags that his rally audience has 35,000 people.
Fact check: The El Paso County Coliseum is only a 6,500-seat arena. pic.twitter.com/xIrDfePB0H
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) February 12, 2019
The president’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., also overinflated the attendance at his father’s rally.
“Beto trying to counter-program
@realdonaldtrump in his hometown and only drawing a few hundred people to Trump’s 35,000 is a really bad look,” Junior tweeted. “Partial pic of the Trump overflow crowd below! #AnyQuestions”
Beto trying to counter-program @realdonaldtrump in his hometown and only drawing a few hundred people to Trump’s 35,000 is a really bad look.
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) February 12, 2019
According to figures provided by local law enforcement, however, the Trumps were lying. Zahira Torres of the El Paso Times reported that only 6,500 people were allowed inside the El Paso County Coliseum because that is the building’s maximum capacity.
El Paso Fire Department just told us that Trump's statement about them allowing 10,000 people inside is incorrect. Spokesman says coliseum holds 6,500 and that is how many were allowed in building. #TrumpElPaso
— Zahira Torres (@zahiratorres) February 12, 2019
He can’t not lie. Physically impossible.
— Lynn Elliot (@LynnElliotEsq) February 12, 2019
Two things you can count on in Texas: A Donald Trump lie and cowshit hitting the ground. No idea which happens more frequently.
— Tip Dammit (@uberxmule) February 12, 2019
El Paso fire department disagrees with you.
It's okay jr, math is hard. pic.twitter.com/l88kRjjusq
— Tiffany Byrd (@T_Byrd519) February 12, 2019
Why are we still worried about crowd size? You should be worried about being indicted
— C (@mysteryman72274) February 12, 2019
Meanwhile, The Texas Tribune pegged O’Rourke’s crowd at more than 7,000, although Bloomberg’s Jennifer Epstein noted it was somewhere between 10,000 and 15,000 – nearly double that of Trump’s.
El Paso police estimate a crowd of 10,000 to 15,000 for the anti-Trump, anti-wall, pro-O’Rourke march and rally tonight.
— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) February 12, 2019
We have the receipts for it, too.