Donald Trump Takes Credit for "Record Crowd" at Iowa State Football Game
The business mogul posted a photo of himself on Facebook, posing in front of the crowd at Iowa State’s Jack Trice Stadium, where a football game was taking place.
GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump said a record-breaking number of people were present to see him Saturday when he visited Iowa — but the huge interstate football game being played at the same venue that day probably helped.
The business mogul posted a picture of himself on Facebook Saturday with a crowd of students at Iowa State's Jack Trice Stadium, along with the caption "Had a record crowd in Boone, Iowa. A fantastic day--- we will #MakeAmericaGreatAgain."
This assertion presents a couple of issues, which have been pointed out by various media outlets: Aside from the fact that the students were most likely there for the game, the location of this particular matchup wasn't in Boone; it was in Ames.
"Boone is a small town about 15 miles west," said Annette Hacker, news service director for Iowa State University. "I don't recall [confusion between the locations] happening before."
Hacker declined to speculate about how insulting Trump's mix-up was to locals, but reiterated that Trump was the first person she'd ever heard of who got the two locations confused.
Numerous people on Facebook criticized Trump in the comment section for making the mistake and for the insinuation the crowd was there solely for him.
Adding insult to injury, Trump referred to the stadium by the wrong name in a since deleted tweet, according to Fox Sports (calling it "Jack Truce" stadium).
A crowd estimated at 85,000 was in the area for the game, which included the stadium being at capacity with 61,500 inside, Hacker said. But the venue is always packed when the Cyclones host the Hawkeyes every other year, she added.
Trump and other GOP presidential candidates visited the Republican Party’s tent in the parking lot of the stadium on game day, according to The New York Times. The former host of The Apprentice, who was more than an hour late, gave a short — less than a minute — speech on the state party’s stage, The Times reported.
Still, Trump was treated like a "rock star" once he arrived, according to The Times, but neither he nor any other candidate gave a speech inside the stadium during the game, Hacker said.
A representative for Trump did not immediately respond to a request for comment.