We know that Donald Trump is an insecure narcissist and wants desperately to project the image that he is massively loved by everyone. We also know that he is an inveterate liar. These things come together when he lies about the crowds at his rallies and at his inauguration. On Wednesday he kicked off his 2020 re-election campaign at a rally in Florida. Suspiciously, he held it in an arena that only seats 25,000 people, a decent size but not huge and that was likely because he loves to boast that he gets sellout crowds at his rallies and that there is massive overflow. And sure enough, the Trump people claimed that they had issued over 100,000 tickets and had to arrange for a screen outside so that the huge overflow crowd could see their hero.
But Stephen Colbert sent ‘Jim Anchorton’ and ‘Jill Newslady’, two ‘reporters’ from ‘Real News Tonight’ to see for themselves and they found that there were plenty of empty seats inside the arena and hardly anybody outside watching the giant TV screen. What is even funnier is that at the last minute the credentials of Colbert’s ‘reporters’ were cancelled. So what did they do? They went online and got tickets for this allegedly over-subscribed event and simply walked in!
Colbert gave a summary of Trump’s speech where Trump seemed to be still campaigning against Hillary Clinton. What his reporters saw of the crowd was hilarious and starts at the 8:00 minute mark.
Colbert said that his people would give a fuller report the next day.
If Trump cannot get a big crowd for his re-election kick off, that is a bad sign and should cause some concern for his. If he cannot fill up a relatively small arena for a major event like his re-election kick-off, does that mean his fanatical fan base is losing some of its enthusiasm? He could obviously see for himself the empty seats in the arena. I bet that he will deny the video evidence of the disappointing crowd while lambasting his advance people for not filling up the arena and causing the embarrassment.