Trump Falsely Claims Bigger Crowds than Springsteen at New Jersey Rally

Former President Donald Trump made false claims at a rally in Wildwood, New Jersey, boasting that his event drew a larger crowd than Bruce Springsteen's concerts. Trump also falsely claimed that Springsteen would vote for him, despite the singer's public criticism of Trump.

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Trump Falsely Claims Bigger Crowds than Springsteen at New Jersey Rally

Trump Falsely Claims Bigger Crowds than Springsteen at New Jersey Rally

Former President Donald Trump made outlandish and false claims at a rally in Wildwood, New Jersey, on Saturday, boasting that his event drew a larger crowd than iconic rock singer Bruce Springsteen. Trump claimed that approximately 80,000 "Maga supporters" attended the rally, according to his campaign officials.

Why this matters: Trump's continued spread of misinformation and false claims can have a significant impact on public perception and trust in institutions. This behavior also undermines the integrity of the political process and can have long-term consequences for democracy.

Trump told the crowd, "Is there anything better than a Trump rally? These liberal singers, they actually vote for me. You know, like Bruce Springsteen. We have a much bigger crowd than Bruce Springsteen. Right?" However, fans quickly disputed this claim, pointing out that the singer sold out three performances at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, between August 30 and September 3, 2023, with a seating capacity of 82,500.

Trump also falsely claimed that liberal singers like Springsteen would vote for him, despite Springsteen's public criticism of Trump. The "Born to Run" singer has openly supported President Joe Biden and called Trump's 2020 first term in the White House a "f****** nightmare."

Fans for the city of Wildwood, Lisa Fagan, estimated the crowd size at Trump's rally to be between 80,000 and 100,000 people, but footage and photos from the event raise doubts about these numbers. While a large crowd did turn out, comparisons to verified crowds of 70,000 to 100,000 people, such as a Taylor Swift concert and an Obama rally, suggest the actual attendance was lower than claimed.

Trump's comments about Springsteen were seen as a bold move, considering the singer is from New Jersey and has been a vocal critic of the former president. Despite this, Trump claimed he was certain to win the state in November, even though New Jersey has been a Democratic stronghold since the Clinton era.

The rally in Wildwood comes as Trump's former lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, is expected to testify in Trump's criminal trial on Monday. The former president has been charged with 34 counts of falsifying business records for allegedly covering up a hush money payment to Stormy Daniels to silence her about an alleged 2006 affair ahead of the 2016 election. Trump denies both the affair and the charges against him.

Key Takeaways

  • Trump falsely claimed his rally drew a larger crowd than Bruce Springsteen's concerts.
  • Springsteen sold out 3 shows at MetLife Stadium with 82,500 capacity, debunking Trump's claim.
  • Trump also falsely claimed Springsteen would vote for him, despite Springsteen's public criticism.
  • Estimated crowd size at Trump's rally is disputed, with footage suggesting lower attendance.
  • Trump's comments came ahead of his criminal trial, where he faces 34 counts of falsifying records.