Donald Trump Claimed El Paso Fire Marshal Allowed Thousands of Extra People in Venue

Type: ExaggerationsFeb 11 2019 Severity:

Donald Trump falsely claimed that the El Paso Fire Marshal allowed thousands of extra people into the arena he was holding a rally at as he was boasting about the crowd size. Trump said the fire department allowed 10,000 people into the venue, which was 2,000 more than the maximum allowed. However, the fire department released a statement that said 6,500 people, far less than the 10,000 Trump claimed, were in attendance and that the President received no special accommodations.

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Quote | The fire department directly contradicted Trump's assertion in a public statement.

"If you would say, as an example, that tonight 69,000 people signed up to be here -- now the arena holds 8,000. And thank you, fire department. They got in about 10,000."