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So, Elizabeth Warren’s “largest crowd gathering ever” may have been exaggerated, just a tad.
And by “just a tad” we mean 10K!
While Elizabeth Warren said that her speech in New York City, where she blamed Trump for being “corruption in the flesh” drew in around 20K people – which, if true, would have been her largest crowd to date – NYC Parks is unable to verify this and has stated that the Warren was only permitted an audience of 8-10K – half of the amount Warren claimed attended – in Washington Square.
Of course, that's not the story mainstream media has focused on, though.
I mean, what are facts these days in journalism?
Breitbart pointed out that this is not the first time Elizabeth Warren, who has earned the nickname "Pocahontas" for lying about her Native American ancestry in order to get jobs and college scholarships, has exaggerated the size of her crowds:
While it is not as easy to get an accurate crowd estimate for an outside event, Breitbart News reached out to NYC Parks to confirm the Warren campaign’s estimate.
NYC Parks’ Assistant Commissioner for Communications, Crystal Howard, told Breitbart News that NYC Parks permitted Warren’s rally for an audience of half that size– 8,000 to 10,000. The department believes the park’s capacity is 10,000, she added.
The assistant commissioner told Breitbart News that they “can’t corroborate the campaign’s count.”
This is hardly the first time the Warren campaign has inflated numbers to tout crowd size. The Warren campaign claimed it had 12,000 people attend a town hall meeting at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, in August. However, the crowd was at half of that, with 4,000 to 6,000 in attendance.
Warren’s campaign also boasted of a massive turnout at her Seattle Center event last month, claiming 15,000 in attendance. Breitbart News reached out to Seattle authorities to corroborate the estimate. Deborah Daoust, Seattle Center’s director of communications, told Breitbart News of the City of Seattle’s policy of “going with the event producer’s attendance estimates.” While the Warren campaign has been known to rely on RSVPs to concoct attendance estimates, Daoust said that 15,000 seemed “pretty close to the mark.”
Heavy also said:
Elizabeth Warren’s campaign told AP that more than 20,000 attended the rally. The campaign was held at Washington Square Park in New York. The crowd was so large that it almost filled the entire 10-acre park.
However, when Heavy reached out to the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, that estimate could not be verified. Crystal Howard, assistant commissioner of NYC Parks, said: “NYC Parks permitted the event for an audience of 8-10k. We believe the park’s capacity is 10k. We can’t corroborate the campaign’s count.”
Heavy has reached out to Warren’s campaign for a comment on the crowd count.