Donald Trump Rally Crowd Size Claims Have One Major Problem

Donald Trump‘s claim about the crowd size at his Las Vegas rally has one major problem—the venue doesn’t accommodate the number of people he touted were there.

On Sunday, the former president held his first rally since becoming a convicted felon in the New York hush money case, speaking to supporters at Sunset Park in the scorching Nevada heat.

Over the weekend, temperatures topped 100 degrees in Las Vegas, and the National Weather Service issued an excessive heat watch. The Clark County Fire Department said six people were taken to the hospital and another two dozen received medical attention at the rally site.

Trump addressed the weather during his remarks, telling rallygoers that his campaign told people “do not come,” which resulted in “only 20,000” attendees. The trouble is, there wasn’t enough room for that many people.

The Clark County Parks and Recreation’s Special Events Services told Newsweek on Monday that the area of the park where the Trump campaign held the rally has a maximum capacity of 3,000 people.

“That [rally] was a little different because they used just a specific part of the park, and that has a capacity of, like, 2,000 to 3,000, depending on the setup,” the park spokesperson said, adding that the entire park could accommodate more. Phased park expansions have developed 214 of the park’s 324 total acres, according to the Clark County website.

Trump Rally Crowd Problem
Donald Trump arrives for his campaign rally Sunday at Las Vegas’ Sunset Park. Trump said “20,000” people showed up, but that area of the park fits 3,000 people.

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Videos from Sunday showed a steady stream of attendees leaving the rally while Trump spoke, with some speculating this was due to the heat. Clips shared on X (formerly Twitter) showed dozens of people rushing toward the exit as the former president continued speaking to the crowd.

Similar videos circulated last month when “thousands” of people were recorded walking out of a New Jersey rally while Trump was delivering remarks.

Trump also garnered headlines Sunday for telling his fans, “I don’t care about you.”

“We need every voter. I don’t care about you. I just want your vote. I don’t care,” he said to laughs in the crowd. “See now, the press will take that and they’ll say, ‘He said a horrible thing.'”

He later told the audience that “everybody was so worried” about rallygoers having to brave the heat for the event, but “they never mentioned me. I’m up here sweating like a dog.”

The Trump campaign implemented “comfort measures” to help attendees cope with the heat. It offered bottles of water, misting fans and air-conditioned tents; allowed umbrellas into the event; and staffed the grounds with medical teams in case of emergencies.