Fox News Questions Donald Trump’s Rally Size

Fox News’s Jesse Watters has downplayed claims that more than 100,000 people attended Donald Trump’s recent rally in New Jersey.

Speaking on Monday’s episode of The Five, Watters said that a reporter he sent to the 2024 campaign rally in Wildwood said there were tens of thousands fewer people in attendance than what Trump and others are claiming.

Trump, the presumptive 2024 Republican nominee, has a history of overstating the size of his crowds at rallies and public speaking engagements. He suggested that his 2017 inauguration had the highest-ever attendance for such an event, despite photos proving otherwise.

Speaking outside the New York courtroom during his hush money trial on Monday, Trump claimed that “over 100,000 people” saw him speak in Wildwood over the weekend but “a lot of the mainstream media didn’t want to say how many people. They didn’t want to cover it.”

Watters has now suggested Trump is again exaggerating the size of the crowd at his rallies, saying the reporter at the event in New Jersey “said it wasn’t 100,000, said it was closer to 30,000.”

Donald Trump in New Jersey
Supporters cheer on former President Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Wildwood, New Jersey, on May 11. Fox News’s Jesse Watters downplayed suggestions more than 100,000 people attended the rally.


“That’s still a packed venue, and that’s still, I would say, 29,500 more than Joe Biden’s ever had,” Watters added.

In a post on X, formerly Twitter, columnist David Marcus agreed with Watters’ estimation.

“Jesse Watters on The Five just said that his reporter puts the Wildwood crowd at about 30,000. That I can believe,” Marcus posted.

Newsweek reached out to Trump’s campaign team via email for comment.

Lisa Fagan, spokesperson for the city of Wildwood, told the Associated Press that she estimated a crowd of between 80,000 and 100,000 people attended the Trump rally on Saturday based on having seen “dozens” of other events held in the same space.

Trump’s campaign team posted a video on X from a Fox News broadcast in which a reporter from the scene says: “This is one of the largest Trump rallies I’ve ever been to in the last five years or so.”

Stuart Varney, co-host of Fox Business Network’s Varney & Co., also said on Monday that “80,000 to 100,000 people flocked” to Trump’s rally in Wildwood, a sign of enthusiasm for his latest White House bid.

“To the media, the Jersey rally had to be ignored and denigrated because it demonstrated enthusiastic support for Trump,” Varney said.

“It also demonstrated, yet again, the sharp contrast between the Biden campaign. While Trump was packing them in at the Jersey shore, Biden was packing in the money from super-rich donors in San Francisco.”