False: Trump's claim that not many people protested Phoenix rally

National TV networks carried live President Trump's campaign-style rally in Phoenix, Arizona, Tuesday night. Cameras showed both the crowds out on the streets critical of Trump and inside the venue where the president was speaking.
By Ed Mason | Aug 29, 2017
National TV networks carried live President Trump's campaign-style rally in Phoenix, Arizona, Tuesday night. Cameras showed both the crowds out on the streets critical of Trump and inside the venue where the president was speaking.

Nevertheless, Trump made claims about crowd sizes outside and inside the Phoenix Convention Center that are demonstrably false, telling people in effect not to believe their lying eyes, according to Politifact.

"What a crowd," said Trump to his supporters inside the convention center. "And just so you know from the Secret Service, there aren't too many people outside protesting, OK. That I can tell you."

Then the president suggested that would-be protesters had been deterred by the hot weather.

"How about all week they're talking about the massive crowds that are going to be outside," Trump said. "Where are they? Well, it's hot out. It is hot. I think it's too warm."

But both the television viewing audience and the Phoenix police chief saw a different scene unfold as large crowds of mostly peaceful protesters gathered outside the venue, carrying signs critical of Trump's failure to unequivocally condemn neo-Nazis and the KKK following the recent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in which one counter-protester was intentionally run down by a vehicle driven by an alleged white supremacist.

"We had tens of thousands of people downtown peacefully exercising their First Amendment rights," said Phoenix police chief Jeri Williams, in the Politifact report.

In a tweet Wednesday morning, Trump claimed he drew "a packed house" in Phoenix. However, TV cameras showed a relatively light and not always attentive crowd inside listening to Trump speak in a convention center with half its space blocked off and unused.

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