Elizabeth Warren vs Donald Trump: Whose 2020 Rallies Draw the Biggest Crowd Sizes?

President Donald Trump accused, without evidence, the media of inflating the size of Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren's rally crowds and ignoring the scale of attendances at his own, despite the numbers routinely featuring in news reports about the events.

"They do stories so big on Elizabeth 'Pocahontas' Warren's crowd sizes, adding many more people than are actually there, and yet my crowds, which are far bigger, get no coverage at all. Fake News!" Trump tweeted Tuesday night.

Trump is known for obsessing over crowd sizes and famously exaggerated the attendance of his inauguration in 2017, falsely claiming it was the largest in America's history. He has since made other false claims about rally sizes.

What prompted Trump's outburst was reports of increasingly large crowds greeting Warren in August as she tours the U.S. to drum up support as a candidate for the Democratic Party's 2020 nomination, in which she is one of the leading contenders in a wide and diverse field.

After Warren spoke in front of a large crowd at the Seattle Center in Washington state, her campaign staff estimated the turnout to be around 15,000. While this campaign-provided number is hard to verify, images from the event show thousands of people listening to her.

It followed a rally at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, that her campaign team said drew 12,000 people. Again, the number cannot be verified, but images of the crowd suggest thousands did attend the rally still months out from the final decision.

Comparing Warren's and Trump's rallies is not an exact science. There are a number of variables, such as the strength of the political leanings of each location, the local population size, that Trump is president and Warren is just one primary candidate among many, and so on.

But Trump's recent rallies, held in stadia, are slightly easier to gauge the attendances of because they are in arenas with limited capacities. And, if the numbers from Warren's campaign are to be believed, they are currently drawing similar or slightly larger-sized crowds.

On August 15 in Manchester, New Hampshire, Trump filled the SNHU arena, which has a capacity of around 11,000, and more people were in overflow areas outside, NBC Boston reported. It was his most-recent rally.

On August 1, Trump held a rally at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio, rally on August 1, which has a capacity of around 17,500 and was mostly filled, Cincinnati.com reported.

In mid-July, Trump rallied at the Williams Arena in Greenville, North Carolina, and packed out the 8,000 capacity venue, the Columbia Daily Herald reported. More were watching on big screens from overflow areas, unable to secure tickets for the arena.

Democratic Party 2020 polling suggests Warren, whose campaign is focused on tackling a rapacious Wall St and rebuilding America's middle class, is in third place, behind independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders in second, and former Vice President Joe Biden in first.

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Democratic Presidential candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren gestures to the crowd while speaking during a town hall meeting at Shrine Auditorium on August 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. President Donald Trump claimed the media was inflating the size of Warren's recent rallies. Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images