Trump Tweet: Slams ‘fake news’ photo claiming empty seats at Pensacola rally


President Trump is vindicated over “fake news” once again.

Soon after Trump’s rally concluded in Pensacola, Florida Friday evening, a photo started circulating on Twitter of a nearly empty stadium, obviously taken long before the event ever started, claiming that hardly anyone attended the rally.

Saturday morning, Trump sent out a Twitter post, saying, “GREAT EVENING last night in Pensacola, Florida. Arena was packed to the rafters, the crowd was loud, loving and really smart. They definitely get what’s going on. Thank you Pensacola!”

Soon the mockery began in earnest on Twitter over Trump’s “packed to the rafters” remark, as the “fake news” photo was circulated even more. It is true that there is a row of seats on each side, literally up in the rafters, which were not filled, but the main arena was entirely full, as evident by many photos and videos which have since been released.

The false report of an empty stadium was even debunked by many in the media, in an effort to correct the error.

President Trump blasted out a Twitter post Saturday afternoon, slamming Dave Weigel of the Washington Post for spreading the story – and has actually already received an apology.

[email protected] @WashingtonPost put out a phony photo of an empty arena hours before I arrived @ the venue, w/ thousands of people outside, on their way in. Real photos now shown as I spoke. Packed house, many people unable to get in. Demand apology & retraction from FAKE NEWS WaPo!” he tweeted.

“Sure thing: I apologize. I deleted the photo after @dmartosko told me I’d gotten it wrong. Was confused by the image of you walking in the bottom right corner,” Weigel tweeted back in apology.

Another doctored-up photo was also spread around on Twitter, with a man entering the arena being circled by a marker, along with the claim that the circled man was President Trump entering the rally, at the time when nearly all the seats were empty.  That was debunked by several who noted the man was not even wearing the same color tie as Trump, and others posted the actual pictures of when the president actually did enter the arena, from a secure area.

Anti-Trump, Black Lives Matter group, “The Resistance,” spread the image, saying, “Trumpkins are really sad about how tiny Trump’s crowd was tonight in #Pensacola. Please don’t RT this photo, it makes them cry #MAGA tears.”

Liberal outlet Raw Story spread the photo, with a sarcastic comment, “Only crowded in his head,” and mocked Trump for his “packed to the rafters” remark.”

More mockery came from other Twitter users:

A man named John Lundin was credited by some as the person who originally posted the photo.

Lundin persisted, spreading the photo again, claiming the marked man was President Trump entering to an empty stadium, when in fact, the man wasn’t Trump at all, and the president made his entry from a completely different spot in the arena.

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