Twitter Reacts to Photos Revealing Boris Johnson Rally To Be Much Smaller Than Portrayed

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson began his re-election campaign in Birmingham, U.K. on Wednesday night. While Johnson appeared to be speaking to a giant audience, new photos from the event by Bloomberg reporter Tim Ross, reveal that attendance was much sparser than photos and videos posted from the rally would cause one to believe.

Boris Johnson launches election campaign at Conservative party rally in Birmingham.

— Tim Ross (@TimRoss_1) November 6, 2019

The New European reported that many media outlets have shared photos that make the event seem much more crowded than it actually was. The Daily Telegraph featured an image with Johnson surrounded by supporters with the headline, "After a day of dead cats, Johnson gets his bounce back among the Conservative faithful."

Ross tweeted, "One Tory source says there are 1,200 people here. I estimated about 500."

As Johnson promised his audienced he'd finalize Brexit, many Twitter users were quick to call out the prime minister for using clever camera angles to inflate his audience's apparent size. Musician Billy Bragg shared Ross' photo alongside The Daily Telegraph cover and wrote, "He was actually speaking to a small, invited audience in a vast echo chamber." Another user tweeted, "You and @Conservatives are just a bunch of deceiving charlatans." One responded to Johnson's tweet from Thursday morning where Johnson announced the start of the second day of his campaign with, "Great launch rally" and the behind the scenes photo.

Here’s the photo from the front of the Daily Boris from another angle. He was actually speaking to a small, invited audience in a vast echo chamber.

— Billy Bragg (@billybragg) November 7, 2019

Another lie @BorisJohnson along with this "fake" launch rally. You and @Conservatives are just a bunch of deceiving charlatans. Roll on Dec 12th!!

— Anthony Mortlock (@AnthonyMortlock) November 7, 2019

Other users were snarkier in sharing their disapproval. One person called the rally, "A literal waste of space." Another user compared it to "a scene from Close Encounters of the Third Kind." Another criticism read, "The Tory Party is an illusion."

A literal waste of space.

— jane McCarthy (@msjaneymac_jane) November 7, 2019

Looks like a scene from Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

— James Thompson 💚☝️ (@JTC_Not4Profit) November 7, 2019

The Tory party is an illusion 👇

— Scott 🗳️🌹 (@muckyfingers_sc) November 7, 2019
Boris Johnson Rally
U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson kicked off his re-election campaign with a seemingly massive rally on Wednesday, but behind the scenes photos reveal there were actually fewer attendants than viewers were led to believe. Christopher Furlong/Getty

Financial Times correspondent Sebastian Payne noted that this is "What a carefully managed campaign launch looks [like] behind the scenes." Deputy Huffington Post U.K. editor Arj Singh also noted that Johnson's crowd was "hand picked."

Last night in Brum, Boris Johnson tried to put the last few days behind him with an upbeat rally.

Activists loved his talk of Brexit as a jackknifed bendy bus blocking the yellow box.

What a carefully managed campaign launch looks behind the scenes

— Sebastian Payne (@SebastianEPayne) November 7, 2019

Boris Johnson is about to address this hand picked crowd at a “rally” to launch the Tories’ election campaign

— Arj Singh (@singharj) November 6, 2019

A few commentators compared the ruse to President Donald Trump's inauguration, where photos had to be edited to make the crowd gathered to watch him seem bigger. One tweet read, "This makes Trump's inauguration crowd look huge." Another user replied that the big empty TVs were "a Trump spin off."

This makes Trump's inauguration crowd look huge.

— Rasmus Kongshøj🔻 (@rasmuskongshoej) November 6, 2019

Johnson has been the subject of much criticism for his approach to Brexit. Trump has been accused of trying to interfere in the U.K.'s upcoming election, by Johnson's opponent Jeremy Corbyn. "Donald Trump is trying to interfere in Britain's election to get his friend Boris Johnson elected," Corbyn tweeted after Trump appeared on Brexit Party Nigel Farage's radio show.