Elton John performs in concert during the opening night of his “Farewell Yellow Brick Road World Tour” at the PPL Center on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in Allentown, Pa. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)

 

 

On Thursday night, Donald Trump unleashed a tweet that got a heck of a blowback. After his rally in Manchester, he tweeted the following:

“Tonight, we broke the all-time attendance record previously held by Elton John at #SNHUArena in Manchester, New Hampshire!”

Reportedly, he was referring to the Crocodile Rocker’s 2004 triumph.

Cue the ridicule:

Ya gotta love this picture:

There’s one problem with the social media slam: Trump’s claim was actually correct.

That’s according to Manchester Deputy Fire Marshal Mitchell Cady, who oversaw the crowd count.

Here’s what he told The Daily Mail:

“[Attendance was] just over 11,500. … [T]he arena staff said Elton John was around 11,300.”

Additionally, Mitchell noted The Donald had about 8,000-9,000 fans outside the arena watching the jumbotron.

And there’s more:

“Had some more snuck in during the period when we’re trying to assess the situation and get the door closed, when we’re trying to get everyone through the mags (walk-through metal detectors), then maybe it’s 11,500-plus.”

As pointed out by The Daily Wire, just Wednesday New York Times writer Gail Collins took this jab at the Trumpster:

“Trump can’t bear suggestions that he’s not a crowd megamagnet. Every time he gets on a stage, he seems compelled to claim the audience is of epic proportions. The place is packed! Not to mention the masses waiting outside!”

If I may, I’d like to add: I really like Elton John. As a person, he seems wholly unencumbered by groupthink. He does things his way, thinks his own way, and he doesn’t care what anyone else has to say about it. In my estimation, the world could use more like him in that regard. The man dueted with Eminem — despite his anti-gay-labeled lyrics; Elton performed at the wedding of Rush Limbaugh, for Pete’s sake.

He’s his own man.

As for Rush’s nuptials, Elton offered this:

“Life is about building bridges, not walls.”

-ALEX

 

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