Trump critics push #EmptySeatMAGATour into top of trending Twitter topics

President Trump on Friday touted the large crowd size at his campaign rally in New Hampshire after critics pushed a critical hashtag to the top of Twitter’s trending items following circulated footage showing some empty seats at the event.

By Friday afternoon, more than 70,000 tweets had been shared using the hashtag #EmptySeatMAGATour, many of which included footage and photos from Trump’s rally at the SNHU Arena in Manchester the night before.{mosads}

Most footage from the event showed large crowds as the president spoke, though one tweet that went viral highlighted a video clip from MSNBC showing Trump delivering remarks with a number of empty seats off to one side of the stage.

Other critics used the specific images to swipe at Trump, who has a history of boasting about the size of his campaign rallies.

Some sought to defend the president’s crowd sizes during the rally Thursday night while pushing back on the trending hashtag Friday, pointing to other photos of the stadium where seating was filled.

Police said the audience Thursday night for Trump’s rally in New Hampshire was expected to reach as many as 11,000, a local NBC affiliate in Boston reported. The SNHU Arena has a capacity of 11,770.

The president sought to show off the large crowd that showed up at the rally Thursday night, sharing photos of the event later that night and pointing out the audience size.

“[Place] was maxed out, totally packed, with thousands coming to the arena floor at start. Thousands more outside that were not allowed in per code. Energy was really great to see,” Trump wrote in another tweet Friday night. “We will win New Hampshire in 2020!”

Trump has long touted the audience size for his political rallies, including most recently during a visit to a hospital in El Paso, Texas, following a mass shooting in the city earlier this month.

– This story was updated at 10:50 p.m.

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