President Donald Trump complained the media would not report that crowds lined up for six blocks to hear him speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference — and he’s right.
There were no lines outside the Gaylord Hotel and Convention Center, where the annual CPAC gathering is hosted, because the event is private, reported The Slot.
Only paid hotel guests, CPAC ticket holders and credentialed media members are permitted to attend the political conference.
Journalist Gabrielle Bluestone photographed the scene outside CPAC, and her photos showed just a few guests and hotel employees outside one of the three entrances.
— Gabrielle Bluestone (@g_bluestone) February 24, 2017
Another photo, taken from above, showed just a few people sitting on park benches on the unseasonably warm February day.
— Jenna Hecker (@JennaHecker) February 24, 2017
Bluestone spoke to a couple of CPAC volunteers outside the hotel, and they laughed at Trump’s claim about a six-block line.
One of the volunteers said a line briefly formed when some would-be attendees tried to get in without the proper credentials, but she said that was a couple hundred people.
A Prince George County police officer told the reporter that Thursday’s event probably had a larger crowd than Friday, when Trump spoke.
Others pointed out that the physical geography of the area made Trump’s claim impossible.
There aren't six blocks at Nationalist Harbor unless he has people standing neck deep in the Potomac.
— L (@LHLHLHLH11111) February 24, 2017
Trump said “6 blocks” of people waiting to get in to see him. Was long line to get through security earlier. Now, only protesters out there. pic.twitter.com/losp9aVmtm
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) February 24, 2017