President Trump’s team and supporters have been known to exaggerate numbers throughout his campaign and presidency, and this go around is no exception.
Fox News host Sean Hannity claimed that more than 100,000 people tried to get into Trump’s MAGA rally in New Jersey yesterday: “Now, the president had over 100,000 people wanting to get into the stadium tonight. Well, over," he said on Tuesday night.
Jeff Van Drew, who represents NJ’s 2nd district in the House, claimed before the event that more than 100,000 tickets had been requested. This number has not been verified.
During the rally, Trump additionally said that there were tens of thousands of supporters outside. But the Wildwood Convention Center, where it took place, can take crowds of around 7,000 people, at most 10,000.
Local media reported that thousands, rather than tens or hundreds of thousands, of people were outside.
Of course, this is far from the first incident of its nature – in 2017, press secretary Sean Spicer claimed that Trump’s inauguration crowd was “the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration”.
However, the actual number was less than half that of Obama’s.