Donald Trump Boasts About His Crowd as Empty Seats Seen at Biden Rally

Former President Donald Trump boasted about his crowd size as he and President Joe Biden headlined rival rallies on Saturday.

On his Truth Social platform, Trump questioned if media reports would compare the size of crowds at the two rallies in Pennsylvania.

Alongside a video showing supporters waiting to get into Trump's rally at the Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Latrobe, he said that his crowd was "50 times" the size of Biden's or "maybe more."

In another post, Trump shared a Breitbart article that said Biden and former President Barack Obama did not manage to fill the Liacouras Center—a 10,000 seat arena on Temple University's campus in Philadelphia.

Campaigning together for the first time since Biden took office, they were stumping for Senate candidate John Fetterman, Pennsylvania's lieutenant governor, and gubernatorial nominee Josh Shapiro.

Joe Biden and Donald Trump
Left, President Joe Biden speaks during a rally with former President Barack Obama, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senator John Fetterman, and Democratic candidate for Governor Josh Shapiro at the Liacouras Center on November 5, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Right, Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a rally at the Arnold Palmer Regional Airport November 5, 2022 in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. MARK MAKELA / WIN MCNAMEE/GETTY

The White House said about 7,500 supporters were in the arena, according to Politico.

Videos and posts on Twitter showed some upper sections of the arena remained empty, with some empty seats also dotted around the lower sections.

Despite the seemingly empty seats Biden praised those who had gathered at his rally.

"This crowd is so loud, I think you can hear us in Latrobe," Biden said, referring to Trump's event for Dr. Mehmet Oz, the Republican facing off against Fetterman for Pennsylvania's open Senate seat, and Doug Mastriano, the state senator running for governor.

"They're going to hear us. They're going to hear us on Tuesday," Biden said.

The president highlighted the stakes, warning that abortion rights, Social Security and even democracy itself are on the line.

Biden got the crowd booing when he said Republicans would pass a national ban on abortion if they take control of Congress. He vowed to veto such a bill if it came to his desk.

"If we elect John Fetterman to the Senate and keep control of the House, we can restore the right to choose in this country by codifying Roe v. Wade and make it the law of the land," he said. "And with Josh Shapiro as governor, there'll be no ban in Pennsylvania."

However, it was Obama who really fired up the crowd in a moment that went viral on Twitter.

Making the case for optimism, Obama said: "The kind of slash-and-burn politics we're seeing right now? That doesn't have to be who we are. We can be better."

He added. "And it has nothing to do, by the way, with political correctness or being too woke. It's about fundamental values that my grandparents from Kansas taught me.

"Values I grew up with. Values you grew up with. Values we try to teach our kids, values we learned in churches and mosques and synagogues and temples: honesty, fairness, opportunity, hard work.

"Values that Josh Shapiro and John Fetterman stand for, values that Joe Biden stands for, values that were enshrined in our founding documents a few miles from here, a clarion call for freedom and equality that Philly's own Liberty Bell represents. That's what America stand for. That's who we are."

Meanwhile, across the state, Trump described the U.S. as "country in decline" and predicted America's destruction if Republicans don't win big on Tuesday.

"If you want to stop the destruction of our country and save the American dream, then on Tuesday you must vote Republican in a giant red wave," he said.

Newsweek has contacted the White House and Trump's office for comment.