Trump Claims 40-50,000 People Attended New Hampshire Rally, Held At Venue With Maximum Capacity of Just Under 12,000

President Donald Trump claimed that his rally on Monday had been attended by "40 to 50,000" people, despite the venue holding fewer than 12,000 people.

Trump made the remarks while addressing reporters at the White House Tuesday. Trump compared his rally audience to what he expects to encounter during a planned visit to India at the end of February, which he said Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi believes would be attended by "millions."

"Last night we probably had 40 to 50,000 people, far more than anyone else," said Trump. "But when we have 50,000 people these days... I'm not going to feel so good. Because he [Modi] thinks we're going to have 5 to 7 million people just from the airport to the new stadium, and you know it's the largest stadium in the world."

Trump's rally in Manchester, New Hampshire was held at the SNHU arena, a venue with a capacity of up to 11,700. The crowd in an overflow area outside the venue was not large enough to make Trump's claim of at least 40,000 likely.

Newsweek reached out to the Trump campaign for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.

Trump claims there were “probably 40 or 50,000 people” at a rally in New Hampshire that was attended by 11,000 people

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Trump has previously been accused of artificially pumping up the size of his crowds. Trump rallies that have been held since his campaign first began in 2015 and throughout his presidency have often been estimated to draw much larger audiences than evidence would suggest, sometimes larger than would even be possible.

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President Donald Trump speaks to reporters at the White House on February 11, 2020. Mark Wilson/Getty

One of the most well-known disputed crowd figures happened after the president was inaugurated on January 20, 2017, an event he claimed was attended up to 1.5 million people. Pictures of the event showed a comparatively sparse and scattered crowd gathered along the National Mall.

Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer made the evidence-free claim that the inauguration had been attended by the "largest crowd ever." Estimates put the actual attendance total between 250,000 and 600,000, a crowd much smaller than at the inauguration of former President Barack Obama in 2009, which was the largest ever with an estimated audience of 1.8 million.

Although the president may have generously estimated the size of his audiences, few would dispute that his events have been able to draw large crowds. His potential opponents competing for the Democratic nomination typically speak to significantly smaller audiences.

Senator Bernie Sanders has come closest to rivaling Trump in terms of audience size. On the same night as the president's rally, Sanders held a campaign event at the somewhat smaller Whittemore Center Arena, speaking to a capacity audience of 7,500 people.