GASTONIA – Officials at the regional airport in Gaston County said they expected 15,000-30,000 people for an outdoor MAGA rally headlined by President Donald Trump.
Those numbers, at first, seem hyperbolic. After all, the Democratic presidential ticket is garnering fewer than 100 people at events in North Carolina, about a dozen for Kamala Harris in Asheville on Wednesday.
Yet, by Wednesday evening it became clear there was no hyperbole — the crowd was HUGE.
According to estimates by the Secret Service, there were in excess of 20,000 people. Not one of them left disappointed, as President Trump gave a classic MAGA speech — jovial, hard hitting, and full of the off-script zingers that Trump delivers so well. The crowd loved it.
In addition to the in-person crowd, tens of thousands were watching the event online via live feeds.
The rallies stand in stark contrast to those events held by Democrats Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris. That ticket claims they limit attendance at their events on purpose, a precaution to avoid spread of the coronavirus. That’s a very convenient excuse for candidates that cannot draw a crowd.
While in Gastonia, President Trump pummeled Joe Biden, drawing attention to the exploding super-scandal implicating the Biden family in a huge pay-to-play scheme in which the family enriched themselves through sketchy deals with foreign nationals and millions in payoffs for the family and ‘The Big Guy.’
Foreign nationals, Ukrainian mobsters, and Communist Party of China members buying access to the White House, and gaining blackmail-level leverage over a sitting vice president; it’s the biggest political scandal of our lifetimes.
Trump also took swings at Governor Roy Cooper, slamming him for keeping the state closed and ruining a great economy. Interestingly, just hours before the rally, Cooper announced that Phase 3 lockdown would be extended for three more weeks, beyond the election, meaning outdoor mass gatherings are still limited to 100 people by decree of the governor.
It seems the crowd at the Gastonia airport doesn’t think too highly of Cooper’s attempts to restrict their freedoms. They did, however, show their enthusiasm for Trump, and the rest of the Republican ticket, in way that should be hard for anyone to ignore. It was small town rallies with huge turnout, just like these, that indicated an impending victory in 2016. The electoral landscape may have changed in the interim, but the crowds are as big as ever too. Will we look back on these rallies and wonder how we ever gave credence to polls putting Biden in the lead?