Asheville – Even in 93 degree weather, people came from North Carolina, Georgia, and South Carolina for the first Trump rally in the South, and the first rally after being indicted for allegedly mishandling classified documents. Pickins, South Carolina, with a normal population of 3.400 people was at capacity and beyond. Thirty thousand people were able to be on Main Street, inside the perimeter, with 45,000 plus outside of the perimeter. The Daily Mail online wrote, “If anyone thought Donald Trump’s legals woes would eat into his public support in red state America then no one thought to tell the people of Pickens, South Carolina.”
The rally started with the Rushingbrook Children’s choir, a choir from Greenville, SC that Trump personally invited to sing the National Anthem and America The Beautiful. This is the same children’s choir that attempted to sing the National Anthem in the Capital Building in Washington, DC, but were stopped by Capital Police who said they were preventing a “demonstration”. The Capital Police later altered the story after it went viral, saying there was a miscommunication.
Trump spoke plainly to a very enthusiastic crowd. “There’s nowhere else I’d rather be to kick off the Fourth of July weekend than right here on Main Street,” Trump said. In response to his opponents using the Espionage Act, Trump said it’s “An act for a crime so heinous that only the death penalty would do.” He added, “It’s one of the most vicious legal theories ever put in a court of law. There’s never been anything like this.” About the documents case he said, “Now the gloves are off from that standpoint, what they’ve done is so terrible…They want to silence me because I will never let them silence you, and in the end, they’re not after me, they’re after you, and I just happen to be standing in their way,” Trump said of the indictments.
Gov. Henry McMaster, Sen. Lindsey Graham, Lt. Gov. Pamela Evette, Rep. William Timmons, Rep. Russell Fry and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene were among the elected officials who spoke. Lindsey Graham, who received boos as he entered the stage area, stated, ”There’s no politician in America that could draw this crowd.” Marjorie Taylor Greene, who represents Georgia, said, “We see it all across America at every Trump rally, very excited to see it here in Pickens, South Carolina.”
President Trumps platform hasn’t changed much, however he has added that if elected, he’d appoint a special prosecutor to probe the Biden family. He said he’s committed to strong borders and a strong economy. As always, he ended the speech by saying, ”We will make America great again.”