Trump blasts NYT for rally crowd size estimate
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch To ward off recession, Trump should keep his mouth and smartphone shut Trump: 'Who is our bigger enemy,' Fed chief or Chinese leader? 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 BlackburnTaylor Swift defends staying out of the 2016 election: 'I just knew I wasn't going to help' The 23 Republicans who opposed Trump-backed budget deal Senate passes sweeping budget deal, sending it to Trump 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.