Fire department rejects Trump’s claims about rally attendance

During a rally in El Paso, Texas, on Monday, President Donald Trump made several bold claims about the crowds at his event and a protest led by U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas.

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“Now the arena holds 8,000,” Trump said at one point. “And thank you, fire department. They got in about 10,000. Thank you, fire department. Appreciate it.”

In reality, El Paso Fire Department spokesman Erique Aguilar said the Trump rally received no such consideration and attendance in the venue was limited to its 6,500-person capacity. He said the agency did not count those who gathered outside.

Separately, Trump said O’Rourke’s event attracted “200 people, 300 people” and suggested it “may be the end of his presidential bid.”

That estimate stood in stark contrast to estimates placing attendance will into the thousands — and as high as 15,000.

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