#EmptySeatMAGATour is trending on Twitter and spreading a surprising number of photos and videos showing Trump rallies with large sections of empty seats, countering the President’s repeated claims that his campaign events always sell out.
Twitter user and frequent Trump critic Tony Posnanski appears to have started the hashtag after noticing quite a few empty chairs at his New Hampshire rally on Thursday.
The issue of attendance to Trump’s events has come up before, starting with people comparing the crowd sizes at his inauguration to that of Obama’s.
Of course, it would make sense that the crowds in New Hampshire, an often-blue state, would be smaller at a Trump rally than at those in Southern states. However, Twitter has produced quite a few images of these events that have a large number of seats with no butts in them.
Here's Trump's crowd at his recent British state dinner. This photo was taken when Trump arrived. When Obama visited people crawled over each other just to see him. They lined up for days for just a glimpse of him, many wearing American flags in solidarity. #EmptySeatMAGATour pic.twitter.com/UejMNY6H01— Nicole Minet (@mouvement33) August 16, 2019
#EmptySeatMAGATour is funny because it’s true.@realDonaldTrump is losing his base.— Louise Mensch (@LouiseMensch) August 16, 2019
The @GOP is going to go down with him. Watch how the Senate change their votes on impeachment when they realize it pic.twitter.com/8Cl75SHOJg
People are also posting screenshots of Craigslist ads asking for paid actors to fill seats at Trump rallies, though anything from Craigslist can be taken with a grain of salt. Perhaps more telling are the reports that workers in Pennsylvania were told that they could either attend a local Trump rally or take an unpaid day off and lose their overtime later.
This document was handed to workers at the Beaver Co Ethane plant in PA. Going wasn’t mandatory but they would lose overtime pay if they didn’t.— PhillyFilly 🌊🌊 (@MaureennKelly) August 16, 2019
As you can see, workers were paid and bused to the Trump event. pic.twitter.com/LfFj1VwtLd
Trump held a campaign rally at Pennsylvania Shell ethylene cracker plant, is currently under construction. A Union job manned by IBEW Brothers & Sisters, they were td that if they don’t attend his rally they would be sent home without pay & would not be allowed to work OT on Fri pic.twitter.com/COFG1mGLLo— NOTmyPresident11 Connie (@Notmypreside11) August 16, 2019
The photo of the paper appears to have originated from the Local 11 chapter of EWMC RENEW Facebook page. Some have claimed that it’s a fake, and others have claimed that unions have done the same for Democratic politicians. If the latter is true, it still supports the idea that Trump isn’t as much of a crowd draw as he says/thinks he is.
Also either way, the hashtag posts remain hilarious.
Herding non-English speakers into the auditorium to fill empty seats with the promise that her dad will buy them countries that aren't for sale. #GreenlandPurchase #EmptySeatMAGATour pic.twitter.com/6AlelgEQxZ— Beltway Hillbillies (@BeltwayHillbil1) August 16, 2019
Keep setting up the jokes, Trump.