Although Mayor Greg Stanton of Phoenix, Arizona, urged President Donald Trump to hold off on his campaign-style rally in the wake of heightened tensions after Charlottesville, the president is never one to avoid making a bigger mess.
His Monday night event drew big crowds, but not all of them were friendly toward Trump nor, perhaps, as staggering as some of his supporters would have the public believe.
While no official numbers have been released just yet, some in the media are speculating that the turnout was not as great as the Trump camp hoped. In response to the naysayers, some of the president's supporters have taken inspiration from his inauguration and attempted to beef up the event on social media using misleading photos, The Independent reported.
One photo making the rounds was swiftly called out for actually being an image of a parade in celebration of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Trump supporters desperately spreading fake photos on Twitter "from" Trump's Phoenix Rally. pic.twitter.com/NzEG8I04zX— Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) August 23, 2017
Another photograph caught the venue from a different angle, showing that it wasn't as stuffed with support as Trump wanted the country to believe when he crowed of a "packed house" on Twitter.
Phoenix crowd last night was amazing - a packed house. I love the Great State of Arizona. Not a fan of Jeff Flake, weak on crime & border!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 23, 2017
Official tallies will reveal much more about the impact the event had on Trump's base, but at the moment, the images of protesters outside the rally demonstrating against Trump are much more compelling than the rally itself.
"America is hurting," Stanton wrote in an op-ed for The Washington Post denouncing the president's rally. "And it is hurting largely because Trump has doused racial tensions with gasoline. With his planned visit to Phoenix on Tuesday, I fear the president may be looking to light a match."
Yet, if his supporters must resort to spreading fake images to promote the success of his rally, Trump may be burned by his own fire.
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