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!”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 16, 2019
Reportedly, he was referring to the Crocodile Rocker’s 2004 triumph.
Cue the ridicule:
You sure bro? pic.twitter.com/epxkVmJByk
— Shugar (@GregShugar) August 16, 2019
No one would let it be perceived that he could see nothing, for that would have shown that he was not fit for his office, or was very stupid. No clothes of the Emperor's had ever had such a success as these. “But he has nothing on!” a little child cried out at last.
— Lesley Abravanel (@lesleyabravanel) August 16, 2019
This is a lie. The arena was full of empty seats.
Sounds like the sun is going down on you.
— Nick Jack Pappas (@Pappiness) August 16, 2019
Weird, we have all seen the actual live and unedited footage. The upper level was completely empty in many sections you flaming narcissist. Pretty sure it has been full MANY TIMES. You are nuts that you have such a pathological need to lie about easily provable facts.
— Nikki Martinez (@DrNikkiMartinez) August 17, 2019
LOL! How come there was pictures of rows and rows of empty seats.
Stop lying and show the WHOLE arena.
Do US a favor and RESIGN!
— 8645th (@8645th) August 17, 2019
Sure you did gramps, time for your warm milk and pacifier pic.twitter.com/XcCStgHIFe
— BgMac (@bgmacneill) August 16, 2019
Ya gotta love this picture:
"Hold me closer Stormy Daniels…" pic.twitter.com/Vw9loTa37y
— Paul Lee Ticks (@PaulLeeTicks) August 16, 2019
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.”
“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.”
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