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A showman to the end, Donald Trump overstates size of Tampa rally

Donald Trunp's crowd in Tampa

Alex Leary | Times

Donald Trunp's crowd in Tampa



Donald Trump likes to go big, even when things are not so big. 

So it was amusing, but not surprising, to hear him inflate the size of his rally in Tampa on Saturday.

"Now we have a little difficulty because we have about 3,000 people, maybe 4,000 outside," he said at the top of his rally at the Florida State Fairgrounds. "Should we wait for them to come in?"

Noooo, the crowd of roughly 3,000 replied.

"I agree," Trump said. 

"Let's get going. You people were here from like 2 in the morning, they tell me. So we're going to get going. Thank you very much and we don't need Jay Z to fill up arenas. We do it the old fashioned way. We fill them up because you love what we’re saying and you want to make America great again.”

He said this despite there being plenty of space in the back of the room, behind what he deemed the “lying, thieving media.”
Trump just didn’t fill the space.

It was a Saturday morning, and the campaign put the event together with little notice. Still, Trump isn’t content with 3,000 or so people, so he punches things up.


[Last modified: Sunday, November 6, 2016 11:05am]


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