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Trump Accuses Media Of Using Photo Tricks To Make Rallies Look Empty

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Former President Donald Trump generally has no problem drawing crowds to his rallies and events, but he accused the media of using visual tricks to make them look far less attended than they really are.

Trump blasted the “Lamestream Media” on Wednesday for posting photos of empty seats as his rallies with an explanation.

“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.

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“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.

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,” Concha tweeted last month in response to a New York Times story explaining the Biden campaign’s 2024 strategy.

Meanwhile, the Biden campaign and Democratic donors do not appear to be willing to spend much time and money trying to win Georgia in next year’s presidential race, even though Joe Biden won the state in 2020 and both senators are now Democrats.

The New York Times reported on Friday that Cliff Albright, executive director of the Black Voters Matter Fund, told the publication his impression from “Democratic donors and party leaders” is that Georgia is “not, like, first tier,” adding that “some early indications are that it’s not going to get top-level prioritization.”

The left-leaning organization he co-founded “spent more than $1 million to oppose former Republican Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue in 2020, and nearly $400,000 to elect Democratic Senators Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff,” the Tennessee Star reported, citing the NY Times.

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Democratic donor and Democracy in Color founder Steve Phillips, who backed two-time Georgia gubernatorial loser Stacey Abrams early on and who remains a supporter, 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 NYTHe 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.

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