On Tuesday, while appearing on Fox News Donald Trump’s son, Eric lied about the number of people in attendance at his father’s Keep America Great rally on Monday. night
Trump appeared on Fox News as part of the media outlets Super Tuesday coverage. During the interview, Trump claimed that his father spoke to 30,000 supporters in Charlotte, North Carolina at Bojangles’ Coliseum. The capacity for the small arena is only 8,600.
Trump’s lie was first brought to the public’s attention by journalist Aaron Rupar. Rupar tweeted out a seven-second clip of Trump’s interview that included his statements about the number of supporters in attendance at the Monday night rally.
“Eric Trump just claimed that “my father had 30,000 in an arena in Charlotte last night.” (The Bojangles Center in which the rally was held holds 8,600 people.)” Rupar tweeted.
Eric Trump just claimed that "my father had 30,000 in an arena in Charlotte last night." (The Bojangles Center in which the rally was held holds 8,600 people.) pic.twitter.com/aMiuwyWxYd
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 4, 2020
Donald Trump and his children have repeatedly lied about the attendance numbers at his events. The lies began with Trump’s inauguration.
Donald Trump requested that photos of his inauguration be edited so that the crowd size looked much larger than it actually was.
Back in 2019, a fire department in El Paso, Texas called out Donald Trump for lying about numbers at a rally there. Trump had claimed he held a rally there where fire department officials helped him get 10,000 people into his rally. However, the coliseum only holds a capacity of 6,500. A spokesperson for the fire department, Enrique D Aguilar, told the media that Trump’s claims were false. He stated that the rally numbers may have reached 10,000 only if he was counting the people who were outside the arena, but he thought that those numbers were still a stretch.
Back in 2019, the Washington Post released a Fact Checker database. According to that database, Donald Trump has told an average of 22 “lies and inaccuracies” a day since becoming president.