During a presser held hours before dueling rallies Monday evening in the Texas border town of El Paso by President Donald Trump and failed Texas senatorial nominee Beto O’Rourke, the president mocked his “competitor” for failing to attract as large of a line as him.
“We have a line that’s very long already,” he boasted to reporters. “You’ve seen what’s going on. I understand our competitor’s got a line too, but it’s a tiny little line.”
“Of course (the media) make it sound like they have way more people than we do. That’s not going to happen,” he added. “We’re going there to keep our country safe, and we don’t want murders and drug and gang members and some of the worst people in the world coming into our country.”
He held the presser after a meeting with sheriffs from Texas and Arizona regarding his proposed southern U.S. border wall, which he hoped to tout at his rally later that evening.
Trump wasn’t wrong about the media. Following the rally, some outlets in the demonstrably left-wing media touted O’Rourke’s “evidently larger crowd,” as Newsweek put it.
And even before the rally — hours before lines even began to form, in fact — some media personalities began predicting the failed Senate nominee would outperform the president.
“What if Beto gets a bigger crowd?” far-left commentator Nicolle Wallace rhetorically asked a panel of fellow left-wingers early Monday morning on MSNBC.
“That’s what I’m wondering, who did the advance planning for this?” left-winger Charlie Sykes added in agreement. “Who said go to El Paso, Texas, where you’re overwhelmingly unpopular, where you’ve already been caught lying about the crime numbers and where Beto O’Rourke might have a counter?”
So who actually won the crowd size battle? The evidence suggests that the president did. And ironically enough, some of the evidence originates with Wallace’s own employer, MSNBC.
According to MSNBC correspondent Garrett Haake, Trump’s rally attracted between 16,500 and 18,500 attendees. But according to Bloomberg’s Jennifer Epstein, O’Rourke’s rally attracted between only 10,000 and up to a possible 15,000 attendees.
I hate crowd size estimates (outside & dark, everyone is guessing) but here you go:
El Paso Coliseum: 6500 capacity (per FD)
Outside/Overflow: 10-12k (unofficial PD estimate given to @alivitali)
BETO/March for Truth:
Organizers Estimate: ~7000
Pre-event estimate: 6k-9k
— Garrett Haake (@GarrettHaake) February 12, 2019
El Paso police estimate a crowd of 10,000 to 15,000 for the anti-Trump, anti-wall, pro-O’Rourke march and rally tonight.
— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) February 12, 2019
However, official counts only tell part of the story. Photos tell the rest.
Case in point:
— Brad Parscale (@parscale) February 11, 2019
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) February 12, 2019
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) February 12, 2019
President Trump drew an estimated 16,000 people to his rally in El Paso on Monday – claiming victory in his battle with Democratic upstart Beto O’Rourke. The arena held 6,500, but there was a large crowd outside which saw the speech on big screens pic.twitter.com/iFrw3CJ8Pg
— Darlington Micah (@DarlingtonMicah) February 12, 2019
Beto crowd at the height of his speech. pic.twitter.com/QlR26u4iu4
— Tonja Griffin (@Sister1Tj) February 12, 2019
The footage above was from Trump’s rally, whereas the footage below is from O’Rourke’s somewhat anemic rally. Pay attention to the small but notable gaps between members of the crowd.
The evidence all points to the president having outperformed the failed Texas Senate nominee. To be fair, O’Rourke nevertheless certainly performed better than the president had predicted.
“We were all challenged by a young man who lost an election to Ted Cruz. … He challenged us. So we had, let’s say 30,000 people tonight and he has 200, 300 people, not too good,” Trump said at the rally.
Of course, the president’s supporters know that he sometimes likes to exaggerate things for the fun of it. That’s why they often urge others to take him seriously, not literally.
There was however no exaggeration among the delusional far-leftists who claimed prior to the rallies that O’Rourke would perform Trump or among those especially deranged ones who still cling to the empirically false claim that the failed Senate nominee somehow did perform better.
It will be “GREAT” to see how much bigger the crowd will be for Beto in El Paso versus The Trump Crime Family Boss! #IMPEACHTHEPUPPET
— #IMPEACHTHEPUPPET (@mme55555) February 11, 2019
You punk! Beto’s crowd was so much bigger. You better stock up on some KY cause you’re going down.
— Fila32 (@Fila322) February 12, 2019
— Detone (@Detone10803282) February 12, 2019
According to the El Paso Fire Dept, Beto’s was much bigger than trump’s. That can’t have gone over well with His Orange Madness. https://t.co/0pxeBwPRj5
— Mae T. (@mspoint1106) February 12, 2019
Beto had a bigger crowd. Obama had a bigger inauguration. Hillary had more votes. Oh and Mueller has more indictments coming #PutinsPuppet
— Annie (@Annie5405) February 12, 2019
Beto’s crowd was bigger, actually had people from El Paso and wasn’t full of lies! #BetosIsBigger ?
— TLA (@tleaderanderson) February 12, 2019
Beto’s crowd was bigger. Like immensely bigger. Might even say bigly.
— MJR (@reid_mke) February 12, 2019
Wacko-In-Chief must be really envious of Beto O’Rourke’s march, cuz he said it only had “200 people” when there were over 7,000.
— David Leavitt (@David_Leavitt) February 12, 2019
Was a penis comparison really necessary?
Regardless, facts are facts, and the facts make it perfectly clear whose crowd was bigger.
If you think Beto’s crowd is bigger, I feel bad for you son.
— Art Vandelay (@DrArtVandelay) February 12, 2019