Trump and Warren Hold Campaign Rallies

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We ran the numbers: There are 769 news articles covering this topic. 50% (388) are left leaning, 37% (287) center, 12% (94) right leaning.

On Tuesday, Massachusetts Senator and 2020 presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren held a massive campaign rally in New York City’s Washington Square Park, attracting a crowd of over 20,000 people. After the rally, Warren stayed for four hours to take photos with eager supporters; she has made her selfie lines a trademark of her campaign rallies. During the rally, Warren spoke about her plans to fight corruption in Washington and fight the exploitation of the country’s workers. Warren’s rally came after President Trump also hosted a campaign rally in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Monday night. During his rally, Trump said that his support of the oil and gas industry has helped New Mexico’s economy. Trump noted the crowd at Warren’s rally and claimed that she exaggerated her crowd size and that anyone could attract a large crowd in a dense city like New York. Crowd size has been a focus for Trump since his 2016 campaign, and notably became an issue when he exaggerated the size of the crowd at his inauguration in 2017.

A right-leaning article from Fox News on Warren’s rally focuses on Trump’s claims that Warren’s crowd was smaller than 20,000 people and that “anybody could do that.” According to the article, “‘No. 1, she didn't have 20,000 people,’ the president said. ‘And No. 2, I think anybody would get a good crowd there.’” The article also suggests that Warren’s large crowd size was due to a planned and data-driven strategy to inform voters about the rally and check them in at the venue.

The Washington Post published a left-leaning article that emphasizes the comparisons between Warren and Trump’s crowd sizes. The article notes that the battle over crowd sizes “began on the first full day of Donald Trump’s presidency, when the newly elected president instructed his minions to publicly exaggerate the size of his inauguration crowds.” The article goes on to observe that the crowd at Warren’s rally was enough to inspire some viewers to believe in her viability as a candidate. The article also notes the difference between the attendance patterns and Warren and Trump’s events: at Warren rallies crowds tend to appear a few minutes before she begins speaking and stay for hours afterwards in order to get a picture with the candidate. At Trump rallies, by contrast, the article suggests that crowds form hours before the president arrives but tend to trickle out during his speech.

The centrist The Hill covered Warren’s rally by noting that it was her biggest rally so far, and that Warren “picked the site for her speech based on its proximity to the site of the former Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, the site of the 1911 fire that killed more than 100 workers, mainly women and girls.” The Hill also covered Trump’s New Mexico rally, observing that the state has historically been won by Democrats. The article reports, that “the rally featured scant empty seats and a rollicking crowd that roared at the mention of the border wall, the Second Amendment and other pieces of red meat for the president's base.”


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