Trump Claims 40-50,000 People Attended New Hampshire Rally, Held at Venue with Maximum Capacity of Just Under 12,000 (Newsweek link): President Donald Trump claimed that his rally on Monday had been attended by "40 to 50,000" people, despite the venue holding fewer than 12,000 people. Trump made the remarks while addressing reporters at the White House Tuesday. Trump compared his rally audience to what he expects to encounter during a planned visit to India at the end of February, which he said Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi believes would be attended by "millions."
Trump's rally in Manchester, New Hampshire was held at the SNHU arena, a venue with a capacity of up to 11,700. The crowd in an overflow area outside the venue was not large enough to make Trump's claim of at least 40,000 likely.
Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer made the evidence-free claim that the inauguration had been attended by the "largest crowd ever." Estimates put the actual attendance total between 250,000 and 600,000, a crowd much smaller than at the inauguration of former President Barack Obama in 2009, which was the largest ever with an estimated audience of 1.8 million.