David Catanese of the US News & World Report was on hand for the unhinged Donald Trump 2020 campaign rally. Yes, it was an official 2020 campaign event, even though some of the staunchest republicans are now publicly questioning whether Donald Trump can even make it through one full year in office. During the live speech, the camera angles were focused on Trump and the apparently full crowd surrounding him. But, if cameras had panned back a little further, these are scenes from the back of the hall.
Even as Trump was telling the audience at home that people were still “pouring into” his rally and implored the fire marshall to let more in, video and photos told a different story.
Shortly before the speech began, there appeared to be plenty of room for activities:
Here’s Trump bragging of the crowd size, claiming there were 15,000 attendees, and asking the fire marshall to let more people in. Looking at the crowd size, in the video and the photos above, there is no way there were more than 2,000 people total.
Despite evidence to the contrary, Trump supporters quickly began spreading poorly photoshopped images of the crowd:
Other republicans were sharing photographs of a massive outdoor crowd, claiming they were people lined up to get in the rally. The Arizona Central quickly debunked the photos:
Such was the case Tuesday night, when Tennessee Republicans and other supporters of President Donald Trump started sharing an image of what was purportedly a massive crowd gathered in the streets of Phoenix ahead of his speech.
Only problem? The photo is actually an aerial shot from the 2016 Cleveland Cavaliers parade.
And frankly, anyone who is at all familiar with Phoenix should have known better. It’s a desert people.
You’ll never take our freedumb!
Who are you going to believe? Donald Trump or your lying eyes, America?