Don’t expect to hear much bragging about this crowd.
Donald Trump Jr., son of President Donald Trump, spoke on Thursday at a rally in Kentucky for Gov. Matt Bevin (R), who is running for reelection in a tight race against state Attorney General Andy Beshear (D).
Local CBS station WYMT reported before the event that “locals expect a memorable turnout.” And indeed it was, but perhaps for all the wrong reasons for Trump.
Kentucky Public Radio’s Ryland Barton tweeted an image of the scene in Pikeville:
Organizers have asked the audience to move out of the seats and closer to the stage ahead of Trump Jr/ Gov. Bevin event in Pikeville.I think it's fair to say this is sparsely attended. pic.twitter.com/JghTohDROS
— Ryland Barton (@RylandKY) August 29, 2019
Like his father, Trump Jr. often brags about the crowd at events, especially presidential rallies. Earlier this year, the president’s son mocked Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke for “drawing a few hundred people” to a rally.
Yet, according to Louisville radio station WFPL, only about 200 people turned out for the Bevin event at the Appalachian Wireless Arena. The venue has a capacity of 7,000 ― or roughly the actual size of O’Rourke’s crowd in Texas, despite Trump Jr.’s claims to the contrary.
The scene in Kentucky was also captured on video:
Almost 15,000 views so far of @American_Bridge's video from the Crooked @MattBevin & @DonaldJTrumpJr rally that no one went to. In a county Trump won by 80% in 2016…Either Don Jr. isn't a draw, or people really hate America's most unpopular Gov. #kygov pic.twitter.com/oIFM81lbr4
— Zach Hudson (@zach_hudson) August 30, 2019
Twitter critics were quick to blast the president’s son for the size of his crowd:
Don Jr. might need to call Sean Spicer in for some damage control on crowd size here. https://t.co/dcdqcBvFjm
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) August 29, 2019
.@GovMattBevin @MattBevin is this the saddest, most pathetic, “rally” in gubernatorial history? The fact that @DonaldJTrumpJr is there makes it that much more enjoyable. Quite the draw there, Jr! 😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣 https://t.co/yFfeg6SRBn
— Bob McMahon (@ram_mcmahon) August 30, 2019
I could fit this Don Jr rally in my house and not violate fire code
— Adrian Oaks (@FriendOfTheYeti) August 29, 2019
Dozens attend Don Jr/Matt Bevin event in Eastern KY 😂😂😂 https://t.co/JIMj5IRbxu
— Krystal Ball (@krystalball) August 29, 2019
— Wrath of Khan (@WrathOfKhan2016) August 30, 2019
— #FREEDOM (@gmachrisc) August 29, 2019
🤣 they could have fit this rally in a Hardee's. Not a lot of love for Bevin and Don Jr. in Pikeville? https://t.co/YDD5luJPft
— James (@Bottled_in_bond) August 29, 2019
— Matt Rogers 🎙 (@Politidope) August 30, 2019
It’s gonna be lit when Don Jr claims there were thousands of people lined up outside for this event https://t.co/nLjbNd0bpf
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 29, 2019
Tim Ryan…who can't muster up a single percentage point in 2020 polls…got wayyyyy more folks to come out than Don Jr. pic.twitter.com/qWVLSeh0jf