Note: This article contained a number of false claims and has been retracted.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: Franklin Graham tells Jeanine Pirro coronavirus pandemic is because of people sinning
Franklin Graham blamed sinners for the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic during a Saturday night appearance on Fox News.
Host Jeanine Pirro noted the growing death toll and wondered how God could let that happen.
"Well, I don't think it's God's plan for this to happen," Graham said.
"It's because of the sin that's in the world, judge," he argued.
"Man has turned his back on God, we have sinned against him, and we need to ask for God's forgiveness and that's what Easter's all about," he continued.
"This pandemic, this is the result of a fallen world that has turned its back on God," he added.
Drought causing water shortage amid coronavirus crisis in Chile
With historically low river flows and reservoirs running dry due to drought, people in central Chile have found themselves particularly vulnerable to the coronavirus pandemic.
Years of resource exploitation and lax legislation have allowed most reservoirs in that part of the country to run dry.
"There are now 400,000 families, nearly 1.5 million people approximately, whose supply of 50 liters of water a day depends on tankers," Rodrigo Mundaca, spokesman for the Movement for the Defense of Water, the Earth and the Protection of the Environment, told AFP.
One of the main pieces of advice to protect people against coronavirus is to wash your hands regularly.
Trump warns of ‘tough week’ ahead — after the United States surpassed 300,000 coronavirus victims
US President Donald Trump warned Americans on Saturday to brace for a "very horrendous" number of coronavirus deaths in the coming days as the total number of global fatalities from the pandemic soared past 60,000.
As confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States surpassed 300,000 with more than 8,300 deaths, there was some encouraging news in Italy and Spain.
Europe continues to bear the brunt of the epidemic, however, accounting for over 45,000 of the worldwide deaths, and Britain reported a new daily high in fatalities.
There are now more than 1.17 million confirmed coronavirus cases around the world and there have been 63,437 deaths since the virus emerged in China late last year.