Video Captures Trump Bragging About Crowd Size at El Paso Hospital to Visit Victims

Rebekah Sager
August 08, 2019 - 3:50 pm

He was there to console, and to pay respects to the victims of a mass shooting. But cell phone video taken during President Trump's visit to an El Paso hospital shows his attention turned to his political rally in that city earlier in the year.

Trump went on to mock the crowd size of a rally held by presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke the same day.

"I was here three months ago," Trump appears to tell medical staff. "That place was packed. ... That was some crowd. And we had twice the number outside. And then you had this crazy Beto. Beto had like 400 people in a parking lot, they said his crowd was wonderful," he said.

Not one of the eight patient-survivors being treated at two El Paso hospitals wanted visits with Trump. 

CNN, which obtained the video, reports that the Trump campaign still owes El Paso officials more than a half-million-dollars in police and public safety fees from that February rally.  

White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said, "the President and First Lady met with victims of the tragedy while at the hospital." Adding, "I'd also point you to the video the White House posted this evening, which shows the President and First Lady being received very warmly by not just victims and their families, but by the many members of medical staff who lined the hallways to meet them. It was a moving visit for all involved."