Former President Donald Trump is known for attracting large crowds to his rallies and events. However, he criticized the media, referring to them as the “Lamestream Media,” on Wednesday, alleging that they use visual techniques to portray his gatherings as less attended than they truly are.
Wider view of the Trump rally in Erie pic.twitter.com/Otu2cGLeLP
— Gabe Gutierrez (@gabegutierrez) July 29, 2023
“Many times when I’m making a Speech, which are always sold out with lots of people not being able to get into the Arena or Venue, the Fake News will watch people come down from the rafters (bad seats) onto the floor — nearer the stage,” Trump wrote on his Truth Social platform.
“As soon as this happens, the Lamestream Media starts taking pictures of these once fully occupied areas and seats, and then come out with a story — ‘Trump Arena wasn’t full’ or, ‘Trump didn’t have a Sellout’— When they know that is not true. They say it without fail!” he added.
ABSOLUTELY MASSIVE CROWD IN HIALEAH FLORIDA TO SEE THE 47TH PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.
“Hialeah loves Trump!”
MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/25RMEPq8p8
— Paul Ingrassia (@PaulIngrassia) November 9, 2023
“The fact is, thousands of people get sent away, we never have empty seats, because we’re selling a product people want — AMERICAN GREATNESS!” he continued. “This is a Movement like none other, and the Failing Media should get on board now.
“Our Country needs it, and they need it because their lack of credibility is causing many News Organizations to fail. They’re going out of business because they don’t tell the truth,” Trump, who is leading the 2024 GOP presidential field by a wide margin, said.
Donald Trump has never been in a stronger polling position in his entire political career than he is right now. https://t.co/FnGgMtJapK
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) November 22, 2023
Meanwhile, others on social media pointed out that President Joe Biden’s rallies are actually poorly attended. To that end, Fox News media analyst and columnist Joe Concha rapped the Biden campaign for refusing to put the president front-and-center at traditional rallies this cycle because, he opined, Biden can’t draw a crowd and empty seats would be “bad optics.”
The reason why Biden “breaks tradition of Big Campaign Rallies” is due to an inability to draw big crowds, especially in battleground states. The optic of empty seats and little fanfare would supersede any narrative attempted to be spun around inflation/economy/gas prices/crime. pic.twitter.com/GPwA5uENmL
— Joe Concha (@JoeConchaTV) October 20, 2022
“The reason why Biden ‘breaks tradition of Big Campaign Rallies’ is due to an inability to draw big crowds, especially in battleground states. The optic of empty seats and little fanfare would supersede any narrative attempted to be spun around inflation/economy/gas prices/crime,” Concha tweeted last month in response to a New York Times story explaining the Biden campaign’s 2024 strategy.
Meanwhile, it seems that the Biden campaign and Democratic donors are not inclined to invest significant time and resources in securing victory in Georgia for the upcoming presidential race, despite Joe Biden’s success in the state in 2020 and the current Democratic majority in the Senate.
According to a report from The New York Times on Friday, Cliff Albright, executive director of the Black Voters Matter Fund, shared his insights based on conversations with “Democratic donors and party leaders,” indicating that Georgia is not considered a top priority. He noted that there are early indications suggesting that the state may not receive high-level attention.
The left-leaning organization, co-founded by Albright, had a substantial financial commitment in the 2020 election, spending over $1 million opposing former Republican Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, as well as nearly $400,000 supporting Democratic Senators Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, as reported by the Tennessee Star.
Steve Phillips, a Democratic donor and founder of Democracy in Color, who has been a supporter of two-time Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, echoed Albright’s observations.
“For some inexplicable reason, a lot of people are leaving Georgia out of the top tier of states to focus on next year,” Phillips told the NYT. He added that “top donors” and “different advisors to billionaires” are telling him they “have a top tier list of five states, and Georgia is not in it.”
The Times added:
The national money that once flowed freely from Democratic groups to help win pivotal Senate contests in Georgia has been slow in coming. Leading organizers, just over a month from the anticipated start of their initiatives to mobilize voters for the presidential election, say they are confronting a deep sense of apathy among key constituencies that will take even more resources to contend with.