Former President Donald Trump hosted a Save America rally on Saturday, April 9, 2022 in Selma, North Carolina. It’s part of a series of Save America rallies he’s hosting. Here’s a look at how many people attended Trump’s rally, including crowd photos, updates on what happened, and comparisons to his rally at the same location in 2016.
Thousands took part in the rally, but the number was significantly lower than in 2016
The rally took place at The Farm at 95 in Selma, North Carolina. Although the doors opened in the afternoon, Trump’s speech was scheduled to begin around 7 p.m. Eastern.
Newsweek reported that The Farm at 95 has a capacity of only about 400 people. However, local news publication The News & Observer disagreed with this capacity estimate. The News & Observer noted that about 1,000 to 2,000 people attended and reported that the same venue had hosted about 15,000 people at a Trump rally in 2016. (Heavy reviewed a News & Observer article published November 5, 2016, and confirmed that Trump did indeed address more than 15,000 people at Selma at The Farm that day.)
Lars Dolder of The News & Observer stressed that attendance was between 1,000 and 2,000 and nowhere near the 20,000 that Rightside Broadcasting had estimated.
CBS 17 reported that hundreds of people camped out the day before the event. WRAL described the rally as attended by “several thousand” people.
Spectrum News 1 RDU’s Kyleigh Panetta shared a crowd video below.
During his speech, Trump boasted that he was “perhaps the most honest man God ever made.” He also continued to claim that he won the 2020 election and invited Lt. gov. Mark Robinson once asked to join him on stage and gave him his “complete and unreserved support” for his run to the 13th congressional district, News & Observer reported.
Here’s another video of the crowd, which is big but not as big as it was in 2016.
Trump also supported the Senate race of Dr. Mehmet Oz, reported The Hill. He also “doubled” his support of Bo Hines, reports Dolder.
Here is video of Trump arriving at the rally.
Here is another mass photo from the rally.
While around 2,000 visitors took part in 2022, there were almost 15,000 in 2016
Trump held a rally at the same location in 2016, just before the November elections, which was attended by nearly 15,000 at the time.
Here’s a photo of the 2016 crowd, which one person on Twitter described as “beyond the eye.”
Local reporter Ken Smith of WRAL shared photos of the 2016 crowd, which was significantly larger than 2022.
Candace Smith Chekwa estimated at the time there weren’t 15,000 (although it ended up being around 15,000) and noted that the crowd was “very large nonetheless.”
Trump has more events planned
Trump has other events planned, though no other Save America rallies are on his schedule at the time of publication, according to his website.
Trump will begin participating in an “American Freedom Tour,” which will include a stop in Austin, Texas on May 14, KVUE reported. Donald Trump Jr., Kimberly Guilfoyle, Mike Pompeo, Dinesh D’Souza and others are also expected to attend. The American Freedom Tour will also stop in Birmingham, Alabama on June 18th.
Trump’s first rally of 2022 was held in Florence, Arizona, in mid-January. Trump held a rally in Georgia in September. He also held a rally in Des Moines, Iowa in October 2021, a rally in Alabama in August 2021, and a rally in Ohio in June 2021. He also held a rally in Conroe, Texas in January that was attended by tens of thousands, according to media at the event.
At his August rally in Alabama, he was booed after telling those in attendance to take the vaccines. He replied, “You know what? I firmly believe in your freedoms, I do. You have to do what you have to do. But I recommend taking the vaccinations, I did it, it’s good. Take the vaccines.”
Trump has not yet announced whether he will run in the 2024 presidential election. However, during his South Carolina speech, he told the crowd that “we may have to run again,” adding, “we’re going to take back the White House.” Trump did that same comments during his Georgia rallyand said that he might have to walk again.
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