Trump blasts NYT for rally crowd size estimate
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpSunday shows preview: Trump sells U.N. reorganizing and Kavanaugh allegations dominate Ex-Trump staffer out at CNN amid “false and defamatory accusations” Democrats opposed to Pelosi lack challenger to topple her 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 BlackburnThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump questions Kavanaugh accuser's account | Accuser may testify Thursday | Midterm blame game begins The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — Kavanaugh, accuser say they’re prepared to testify The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — Kavanaugh and his accuser will testify publicly 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.