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President Trump told CPAC that crowds were lined up six blocks to hear him speak. But photos from that time easily disprove that.
Gabrielle Bluestone of Jezebel’s The Slot, who is at the Gaylord Hotel in National Harbor, Maryland for the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), fact-checked Trump’s claim that “there are lines that go back six blocks,” with a series of photos of the area prior to Trump taking the stage.
“I tell you that because you won’t read about it,” Trump said of the nonexistent six-block lines.
After doing a “quick visual check” to confirm that no crowds were outside waiting, Bluestone talked to a bystander who’d been on site all day to ask whether or not she had seen any six-block lines.
I asked one woman who said she’d been posted there since the early morning if she’d seen any crowds. She said there were “spurts” of crowds of people who came to the event together by bus, but when I told her what the president had said about six-block lines, she laughed in disbelief and said, “No! Six blocks?”
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Of course, this isn’t the first time Trump vastly overestimated crowd size. He was so infuriated by the lack of attendance at his inauguration that he ordered his press secretary to use his first official briefing as White House spokesman to angrily attack the White House press corps for accurately describing the size of Trump’s inauguration crowd.
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