President Donald Trump complained on Twitter over the coverage about the crowds of people showing up to hear Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speak, saying his crowds are bigger than hers and the media ignores them.
"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!"
As Warren climbs in the polls, she is attracting large crowds at her campaign events, drawing an estimated 15,000 at a Seattle rally Sunday and 12,000 at an event in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Trump often points out the size of the crowds who come to his campaign rallies, including claiming many people are not able to squeeze into the arenas where he appears.
Large crowd sizes, however, do not always mean a candidate will be successful with voters, but they do show their message is catching on, reports The New York Times in an article about Warren's growing audiences.
Howard Dean, during the 2004 presidential campaign, often drew large crowds, including at an event in Seattle that brought in around 8,000-10,000 people. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who is running again in the 2020 campaign, drew huge crowds in his 2016 events as well, including an estimated 16,000 people in San Francisco, 15,000 in Los Angeles, 13,000 in Brooklyn, and 12,500 in Chicago before losing the Democratic nomination to Hillary Clinton.
Warren's campaign says her crowd sizes validate her strategy of devoting time to town halls, and then sticking around for selfies, rather than holding private fundraisers with rich donors.
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