President Donald Trump and Beto O’Rourke held competing rallies immediately in El Paso, and each occasions noticed attendance by 1000’s of individuals. Though precise numbers aren’t accessible, it does seem that Trump’s rally noticed extra attendees. Nevertheless, O’Rourke’s did report 1000’s in attendance, regardless of some deceptive information on the contrary.
Learn on to see photographs of the rallies and study extra about how many individuals attended. This story will start with photographs and particulars from O’Rourke’s occasion, which was held first, after which the second part will talk about Trump’s rally and the attendance.
If extra precise crowd estimates develop into accessible, this story might be up to date with these particulars.
Deceptive Studies Indicated Solely 65 Folks Confirmed Up for Beto’s March for Reality Rally, However the Quantity Was at Least Greater than 4,000
Some studies indicated that solely 65 folks confirmed up for the occasion that O’Rourke spoke at, however this was not correct. Gateway Pundit reported that 65 folks lined up for Beto’s occasion whereas 22,000 lined up for Trump’s. Though Trump’s rally did certainly see an enormous turnout, excess of 65 folks confirmed up for O’Rourke’s occasion.
The Gateway Pundit wrote, “Properly that is embarrassing. Solely about 25 folks confirmed up early to see Beto.” That is deceptive, nonetheless, as a result of lots of the individuals who attended O’Rourke’s rally additionally have been participating within the march earlier than the rally.
Right here’s what the realm regarded like as folks have been checking in throughout the early phases of Beto’s rally. The photograph was shared on Reddit by u/Josh_Escobear.
Right here’s one other crowd photograph that exhibits the massive turnout for O’Rourke’s occasion. (The second photograph on this tweet is the correct crowd dimension image.)
O’Rourke didn’t manage the counter-rally to Trump’s MAGA rally. The occasion was hosted by the Ladies’s March El Paso, Border Community for Human Rights, and 45 different group teams. The occasion started with a march a few mile away from the place Trump’s rally was held.
The march led to a rally on the Chalio Acosta Park on Shelter Place, simply .2 miles from the place Trump’s occasion was held. At the moment, O’Rourke delivered his message. His message overlapped barely with Trump’s message, with elements of each taking place on the identical time.
So simply what number of have been on the March for Reality rally that includes O’Rourke? Gromer M. Jeffers of the Dallas Morning Information estimated the variety of marchers as being no less than 4,000:
Jason Whitely of WFAA famous that “a number of thousand folks” have been within the march.
A media name earlier than the rally indicated that organizers anticipated 6,000 to 9,000 to attend, however climate would possibly diminish the turnout considerably.
Though some puzzled if Beto would announce a presidential run immediately, he rapidly quieted these rumors.
Right here is one other crowd video:
Trump’s MAGA Rally Had At Least 8,000 Attending, with Extra Ready Exterior Who Couldn’t Get Seats
Trump advised reporters earlier than the occasion that 75,000 folks had signed up for the rally on-line. Though that may be true, the world the place the MAGA rally occurred solely might maintain 8,000 folks, Bloomberg Information shared. The world was definitely stuffed with Trump supporters, so it seems like no less than 8,000 folks have been on the MAGA rally, and extra have been exterior. If a extra precise estimate is on the market, we’ll add it to this story.
The music from Trump’s rally was so loud that folks might hear it at O’Rourke’s occasion.
Hundreds swarmed the parking zone, ready in line to attend Trump’s rally. This photograph was shared on Reddit exhibiting an enormous crowd earlier than Trump’s occasion:
Similar to there was deceptive information about O’Rourke’s turnout, there was additionally deceptive information about Trump’s turnout. This tweet, for instance, doesn’t precisely present the numbers who lined up early, which have been within the multi-thousands.
Right here’s a have a look at the group ready in line for Trump’s rally.
Brad Parscale, marketing campaign supervisor for Trump, stated solely 900 folks attended O’Rourke’s rally, which additionally was inaccurate. He did say that Trump’s rally might have had 35,000 in attendance, together with the 8,000 inside the world and the 1000’s who have been exterior.
Right here’s a glance:
It is a growing story.
Trump boasts of bigger El Paso crowd than Beto rally held at same time
President Trump on Monday boasted that his El Paso campaign rally drew far more people than the one former Rep. Beto O-Rourke (D-Texas) headlined across town, claiming that he had more than “35,000 people” attending.
“A young man who’s got very little going for himself except he’s got a great first name. He challenged us. We have say 35,000 people tonight, and he has, say, 200 people, 300 people,” Trump said while speaking at at a campaign rally in El Paso. “Not too good. In fact what I would do, that may be the end of his presidential bid.”
The El Paso County Coliseum seats about 11,000 people, according to NBC News. Trump said earlier in the evening that about 10,000 people were inside and thousands more watching on screens outside.
Trump also later claimed that the media would not acknowledge the disparity between the two rallies.
“They will say Beto O’Rourke – that’s his last name, right, O’Rourke? – had a wonderful rally of about 15 people,” he said.
Bloomberg News reported that O’Rourke’s rally drew between 10,000 and 15,000 people.
The comments came as Trump held a rally in El Paso calling for funding for a wall along the southern border. O’Rourke headlined a rally in the border city designed to oppose Trump’s immigration stances and counter his claims about a wall making the Texas city safer.
The former Democratic lawmaker who’s mulling a presidential run also participated in a march ahead of the rally in which hundreds of demonstrators protested against the president.
O’Rourke said in his speech that his hometown was “safe not because of walls but in spite of walls.”
“With the eyes of the country upon us, all of you together are going to make our stand in one of the safest cities in the United States of America. Safe not because of walls but in spite of walls,” O’Rourke said.