Trump blasts NYT for rally crowd size estimate
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpWhere do we go from here? Conservation can show the way Gov. Ron DeSantis more popular in Florida than Trump Sotomayor accuses Supreme Court of bias in favor of Trump administration MORE lashed out at The New York Times on Wednesday for its estimate of the crowd size at a campaign rally he led in Nashville Tuesday night. 

Trump said the number of attendees at the campaign rally for GOP Senate candidate Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnTikTok introduces new parental controls Abortion wars flare up in Congress Hillicon Valley: Judge approves T-Mobile, Sprint merger | FTC to review past Big Tech deals | State officials ask for more cybersecurity help | House nears draft bill on self-driving cars MORE was "many times" larger than the Times's estimate of 1,000, calling it a smear tactic by the newspaper. 

"The Failing and Corrupt @nytimes estimated the crowd last night at '1000 people,' when in fact it was many times that number - and the arena was rockin’. This is the way they demean and disparage. They are very dishonest people who don’t 'get' me, and never did!" Trump tweeted.

Nashville's local News Channel 5 reported that "thousands" gathered outside the downtown area municipal auditorium, but did not make a specific estimate. 

Raucous Trump supporters at one point during the event began shouting "animals" — Trump's new term for the MS-13 street gang.

Trump drew criticism early on in his presidency for claiming that the crowd size at his inauguration was the largest in history and larger than his predecessor's. Photos indicated it was a smaller crowd than greeted former President Obama at his 2008 inauguration.