Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) is saying that a lot -- a lot -- of people attended Glenn Beck's rally in Washington over the weekend.
Appearing on Laura Ingraham's radio show yesterday, Bachmann said: "The crowds were overwhelming, and if you saw the aerials on the Drudge Report this weekend, there was an aerial photo. Unofficially, off the record, we talked to one of the guys from the National Park Police who told us he thought it was 1.6 million. There had to be over a million people there. People were packed in from the Washington Monument all the way to the Lincoln Memorial. And for anyone who's ever been there, that's a huge area."
In fact, the government does not make estimates of crowd sizes for events. CBS News hired an independent expert who put the number much lower, at 87,000 people plus or minus 9,000. Not surprisingly, there have been various estimates offered by the event's supports -- but even Glenn Beck's own range of 300,000-650,000 is far short of Bachmann's number from this unidentified police official.
So think about that: Michele Bachmann is an even bigger promoter of Glenn Beck's rallies than Glenn Beck is.
The key moment comes at the 2:00 mark:
(Via Dump Bachmann.)