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Trump Freaks Out Over Elizabeth Warren’s 20,000 Crowd Size, ‘Anyone Could Do That!’
Donald Trump dismissed the significance of the estimated 20,000 people who showed up at a campaign rally for Sen. Elizabeth Warren in lower Manhattan Monday night.
Speaking to reporters during a flight from Albuquerque, N.M., to Mountain View, Calif., where the president has reelection fundraisers planned, Trump said that “anybody could do that.”
“Anybody that can’t get people standing in the middle of Manhattan in the most densely populated area of the country — anybody could do that,” Trump said. “I think more Democrats should do it. I get these crowds in areas that nobody’s ever seen crowds before. Pretty amazing.”
Warren’s campaign estimated that 20,000 people filled Washington Square Park on Monday night to hear the candidate give a speech about how she would root out corruption in Washington if she’s elected president.
Trump, who always pays attention to crowd size, said this about huge Elizabeth Warren crowd in NYC: "Anybody that can’t get people standing in the middle of Manhattan in the most densely populated area of the country – anybody could do that. I think more Democrats should do it."
— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) September 17, 2019
Trump held a reelection rally in in Rio Rancho, N.M., the same night in an arena with a maximum capacity of 7,000 people. The campaign said that several thousand more lined up outside the stadium to hear the president, who has boasted about his crowd sizes as a measure of voter support for his administration.
Trump on Tuesday also questioned whether Warren actually got as big of a crowd as her campaign claimed.
“Number one, she didn’t have 20,000 people and number two, I think anybody would get a good crowd there,” he said. “I think you have a good crowd there if you don’t even go there, just say you’re going and how many people are in the park.”
Public officials have not confirmed the Warren campaign’s estimated total, but she has been drawing huge numbers of people — more than 10,000, the campaign says — at open-air events in places such as St. Paul, Minn., and Seattle.
Trump’s claim that “anyone could do that” reminds me of this scene from the Pee-Wee Herman movie: