Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has been drawing increasingly large crowds as she campaigns for the Democratic nomination to run against President Donald Trump. And it’s not just her supporters who have noticed.
On Tuesday, Trump attacked Warren, claiming the media reports inflated her crowd size. Then, for good measure, he threw in his racist nickname for her:
They do stories so big on Elizabeth “Pocahontas” Warren’s crowd sizes, adding many more people than are actually there, and yet my crowds, which are far bigger, get no coverage at all. Fake News!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2019
Last weekend, Warren drew a crowd that her campaign estimated at 15,000 in Seattle:
— Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) August 25, 2019
After the event, she spent hours posing for selfies with supporters who stood in a line that stretched around the park:
Three hours later @ewarren photo line still wrapped around the park in Seattle. She’s still going since she doesn’t have a fundraiser she’s got to off to. Blue arrow = EWRed arrow = End of line pic.twitter.com/xaDHLeYo1R
— Kristen Orthman (@KristenOrthman) August 26, 2019
Although Trump still routinely packs arenas, he famously obsesses over his crowd sizes and often wildly inflates the number, especially when it comes to those gathered outside. Last year, for example, Trump claimed to have an overflow crowd of 45,000 people outside a rally in Missouri. However, a city official told CNN that “1,000 or so” were outside.
Trump has repeatedly touted the crowd size from his 2017 inauguration. Then-White House press secretary Sean Spicer even lied about it in a press conference, saying the crowd was the “the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period.” Trump also ordered a government photographer to edit images of the event to make the crowds seem larger than they were, The Guardian reported last year.
Given that obsession, many of Trump’s critics noticed his tweet, and more than a few asked him the same thing: Getting nervous?
— Navy_Man (@Submarine_Guy) August 27, 2019
— Cee 🏳️🌈 (@GatodeMiel) August 27, 2019
But who has bigger hands?
— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) August 28, 2019
— jon rosenberg🥞🍹 (@jonrosenberg) August 27, 2019
The world is melting and on fire, children are still locked in cages, farmers are going bankrupt, your bros Kim and Putin are firing missiles, the market is fragile, white supremacists abound, anti semitism is rampant and you are talking about crowd size again. #25thAmendmentNow
— Lesley Abravanel (@lesleyabravanel) August 27, 2019
P.S. You're scared of her because you know she's smarter, more qualified, and better than you.
— John Pavlovitz (@johnpavlovitz) August 27, 2019
Using a racial slur against her isn't going to work. She has a plan for that. pic.twitter.com/qxfAi83STn
— D Villella ❄️ (@dvillella) August 27, 2019
So you're getting a little nervous about Warren, huh? I get it. "Pocahontas" is all you've got on her, and that just reinforces that you're racist. And unlike your East Coast elite gold toilet faux-populism for whites only, her message is populist & inclusive. You should worry.
— Inca Roadrunner (@RealDanB95) August 27, 2019
Why don't you just photoshop your head in here? pic.twitter.com/8oEb10FtK9
— Ned Pyle (@NerdPyle) August 27, 2019
Getting even more nervous now, aren’t we???? Deutsche Bank has the goods!
— Melissa Weisstuch (@MarCommMelissa) August 28, 2019
Her name is Senator Elizabeth Warren.
— David Weissman (@davidmweissman) August 27, 2019
imagine being this broken inside
— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) August 27, 2019
I can’t believe we are still talking about crowd sizes.