Twitter user Bill Mitchell recently wrote the following:
“Folks, the Sheriff of Pickens is saying there were 50,000 at his 4th of July event because he is promoting the event. He didn’t say there were 50,000 at Trump’s rally which was one small part of the event. Still he’s puffing the numbers to make his town look good. At least at Trump’s event there were just 3000.”
Folks, the Sheriff of Pickens is saying there were 50,000 at his 4th of July event because he is promoting the event. He didn't say there were 50,000 at Trump's rally which was one small part of the event.
Still he's puffing the numbers to make his town look good. At least at… pic.twitter.com/bxm07JDqNa
— Bill Mitchell (@mitchellvii) July 3, 2023
Former President Donald Trump recently packed the house at his South Carolina rally on Saturday, drawing a massive crowd that was significantly larger than the population of the town which hosted it.
The leading Republican presidential candidate barnstormed in Pickens, a town of about 3,400 residents, on Saturday, speaking to more than 50,000 people who gathered at the downtown venue and lined the surrounding streets, according to Pickens police chief Randal Beach.
Beach told The Associated Press on Sunday that authorities were unable to calculate the exact number, but he estimated the rally was attended by “somewhere between 50-55,000” people.
South Carolina’s first-in-the-South presidential primary makes it popular among GOP hopefuls, many of whom have already held events in the state. None of the other candidates in the race, however, drew an audience like Trump, who continues to dominate in 2024 polls.
The Make America Great Again Inc. PAC said in a statement that no other candidate can match the enthusiasm seen in Pickens because no one else has “delivered for the American people” in the ways that Trump has.
“The Supreme Court decisions ending racist college admissions, protecting religious liberty, and stopping an illegal student loan forgiveness scheme were a reminder of how President Trump kept the promises he made to voters,” CEO Taylor Budowich said in a statement. “Mind you, the tens of thousands of patriots that turned out in Pickens, South Carolina did it on a day with temperatures over 90 degrees. The Trump train has left the station and is not stopping until President Trump is seated behind the Resolute Desk.”
It has been noted that Saturday’s event marked a return to the large-scale rallies of his previous presidential campaigns, and his appearance effectively shuttered Pickens’ quintessential Southern downtown area.
“There’s nowhere else I’d rather be to kick off the Fourth of July weekend than right here on Main Street, with thousands of hardworking South Carolina patriots who believe in God, family and country,” Trump said Saturday.
The tens of thousands who attended Saturday’s rally, which attendees began lining up for the night before, seemed to agree with the president’s sentiments.
Greg Pressley and his wife, Robin, said they drove more than three hours from their home in Tennessee to see Trump, a candidate they’ve supported since his first White House bid in 2016.
“Donald Trump’s the best president in history,” Greg said. “I love his policies. I love the man. I’m here to support him getting back to where he needs to be, to begin with.”