Dueling Rallies: Trump VS Biden – Does Size Matter?

Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Former President Donald Trump boasted about the size of his crowd as both he and the current President were holding rallies on Saturday. Taking to his Truth Social platform, Trump asked whether media reports had compared the crowd in the two Pennsylvanian rallies. Along with this statement, he posted a video from his rally at the Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Latrobe, saying that his crowd had been “50 times” larger than Biden’s.

In a later post, Trump also shared an article by Breitbart in which it was stated that Biden and former President Barack Obama had not filled the 10,000 seats at the Liacouras Center. This was the first time that the two had campaigned together since Biden was elected. They were in Pennsylvania to support Senate candidate John Fetterman and gubernatorial nominee Josh Shapiro.

This White House has reportedly said that around 7,500 supporters were present in the arena. In the videos and posts, it is evident that the upper sections of the arena were empty. There were also some empty seats available in the lower sections.

Despite this, Biden has praised all those who attended the rally, noting how loud and enthusiastic they were. Reportedly he said that the crowd was so loud that it would be heard in Latrobe, where Trump was hosting his event in support of Dr. Mehmet Oz the senate candidate running against Fetterman, and Doug Mastriano, the state senator running for governor. Biden also said that they would not only be heard that day but also on Tuesday after the election.