Note: This article contained a number of false claims and has been retracted. According to a local media source, “By the time Trump spoke, the Bay Center appeared to be crowded, with several hundred people left outside because they arrived after the doors were locked.”
President Donald Trump boasted of “packed to the rafters” crowds for his Friday night campaign rally in Pensacola, Florida. Photographic evidence from the arena venue for his speech tells a different tale, harkening back to inflated inauguration crowd claims.
Trump started the attendance debate by claiming a “big crowd expected today in Pensacola” in a Friday morning tweet. Trump followed that tweet with on claiming Alabama Democratic Party senate nominee Doug Jones is “bad on Crime, Life, Border, Vets, Guns and Military. Vote Roy Moore!”
Tuesday is the special election for the Alabama senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Early Saturday morning, President Trump returned to the subject of crowd sizes.
“Great evening last night in Pensacola, Florida. Arena was packed to the rafters, the crowd was loud, loving and really smart,” Trump claimed. “They definitely get what’s going on.”
The internet disagreed that the crowd was big, packed to the rafters and really smart.
Thoughts and Prayers to @realDonaldTrump: That you couldn't draw a crowd at the Tree Lighting in DC is one thing, but if you can't draw a crowd in #Pensacola, the heart of the Redneck Riveria, means it's time for you to pack your bathrobe and dentures. hun. You are over. Bye! pic.twitter.com/L1D0Wihyi8
— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) December 9, 2017
The rafters in this arena are built into the floor.
— Mitch Kanter (@mknymn) December 9, 2017
— Jerry Jordan (@Jerry_Jordan) December 9, 2017
UPDATE [12:45 PM Eastern, December 9, 2017]: The initial version of this story included two Tweets that have since been deleted by their authors. One picture included a green arrow that claimed to point to President Trump. Further video evidence show that it was not.
Additionally, we must clarify that further video evidence shows a larger crowd, though no photos have yet emerged showing a “packed” crowd.
To provide fuller context, we have included video below. The upper deck behind the stage is not full in any of the photos.
.@POTUS @FoxNews @TuckerCarlson @seanhannity @jessebwatters SO FULL they had to turn ppl away. People were still pouring in when I video taped this piece. 🇺🇸🇺🇸👍👍 #MAGA #He’sDaBomb pic.twitter.com/PSHgHgHpsJ
— Cl_USARocks 🇺🇸 (@usarocks_c) December 9, 2017
For instance, this video shows a fuller crowd, but still shows a largely empty upper seating section behind the stage.
— Matthew mckinnon (@Blueneptune180) December 9, 2017
WATCH: Mike Pompeo goes dead silent when ABC corners him on Ukraine
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appeared on "This Week" Sunday where he was faced with a question about chief of staff Mick Mulvaney's press conference Thursday.
During the press briefing, Mulvaney, who also serves as director of the Office of Management and Budget, confessed that Trump told him Ukraine corruption issues also had to do with the DNC server.
“That he also mentioned to me that the corruption related to the DNC server, absolutely,” said Mulvaney. “No question about it. That’s it and that’s why we held up the money.”
Pompeo said he wasn't going to answer any questions about hypotheticals, which he said host George Stephanopoulos was asking.
Hillary Clinton posts fake letter from JFK to mock Trump’s absurd one to Turkey
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has taken up a new hobby of trolling President Donald Trump on Twitter.
The grandmother of three excelled in her sarcasm and stepped up her shade Sunday afternoon by releasing a fake letter from Former President John F. Kennedy to former Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev.
Read the fake letter and see the tweet below:
Dear Premier Khrushchev,
Don't be a d*ck, ok? Get your missiles out of Cuba. Everybody will say 'Yay! Khrushchev! You're the best!' But if you don't everybody will be like 'what an assh*le' and call your garbage country 'The Soviet Bunion.'
‘I’d be open to it’: Trump voters warming up to impeachment as president’s Ukraine story unravels
In one of the pieces that both the Washington Post and the New York Times are famous for, a visit to talk to Donald Trump voters outside the Beltway about how they feel about the president three years after the election reveals cracks in his support as more information becomes available about his Ukraine phone call that precipitated an impeachment inquiry.
According to the Post's report, they ventured out to Staten Island, or specifically: "New York’s 11th Congressional District, a swath of the country as good a place as any to gauge how a defining moment in American democracy is playing out."