President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE falsely claimed during his campaign rally Wednesday night that he has never “had an empty seat at any event.”
“We haven’t had an empty seat at any event,” Trump said, addressing supporters in Greenville, N.C.
Reporters online were quick to point out that the president’s statement is incorrect, with multiple events having open spaces, including Wednesday’s rally.
“We haven’t had an empty seat at any event” Trump says. Not true.
— Maggie HabermanMaggie Lindsy HabermanThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Sights and sounds from the protests The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Sights and sounds from weekend protests across the US The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – Trump tweets as tensions escalate across US MORE (@maggieNYT) July 17, 2019
Trump says he’s never had an empty seat at any of his events. He has had empty seats at many events.
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“We haven’t had any empty seat in any event,” Trump says, predicting he could have sold out this arena several times over.
The 8000-capacity venue is quite full but there are indeed a smattering of empty seats (that’d have crummy views.) pic.twitter.com/bCx2xk902G
— Josh Wingrove (@josh_wingrove) July 17, 2019
Other Twitter users also spoke out against Trump’s claim.
Trump now claiming he’s never had an empty seat at a rally.
I attended a rally of his in West Virginia that had multiple light sections.
— Linda Tirado (@KillerMartinis) July 17, 2019
This is not the first time Trump has said his campaign events were full. During a 2017 rally in Harrisburg, Pa., Trump said he broke the “all-time” record for an arena, but reporters tweeted “rows of empty seats here,” HuffPost reported.
Trump also overestimated the crowd size at his 2017 inauguration, after former White House press secretary Sean SpicerSean Michael SpicerFederal plan to contain Washington protests employs 7,600 personnel: report Democrats introduce bill to rein in Trump’s power under Insurrection Act OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Murkowski, Mattis criticism ratchets up pressure on GOP over Trump| Esper orders hundreds of active-duty troops outside DC sent home day after reversal | Iran releases US Navy veteran Michael White MORE said the audience was “the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period, both in person and around the globe.”