Videos circulating on Twitter show a “jaw dropping” crowd size of supporters in attendance for former President Donald Trump ahead of his 2024 presidential campaign stop in Pickens, South Carolina, on Saturday.
Trump is arriving at the rally under mounting legal pressure stemming from several investigations launched against him by the Department of Justice (DOJ) including his alleged involvement in the January 6, 2021, Capitol protest and the Mar-a-Lago classified documents case, in which he was indicted last month.
Trump is the first former president to face federal charges in American history and has pleaded not guilty in the classified documents case. The DOJ’s probe into the Capitol protest is still ongoing.
Daniel Baldwin, a national political correspondent for One America News, and CNN political reporter Alayna Treene shared videos and pictures of crowds standing in a long line Saturday morning ahead of the rally.
The line to get into Trump’s rally in Pickens, SC today pic.twitter.com/E2rKoIbVmg
— Alayna Treene (@alaynatreene) July 1, 2023
“The South Carolina trump crowd is jaw dropping. The line literally doesn’t end,” tweeted Baldwin, who also described Trump supporters in another tweet as being part of an “INSANE TURNOUT in South Carolina. Thousands of people here before 8am. Enthusiasm through the roof for Pres. Trump and the MAGA movement.”
INSANE TURNOUT in South Carolina.
Thousands of people here before 8am.
Enthusiasm through the roof for Pres. Trump and the MAGA movement. pic.twitter.com/1Oa6YFdMrU
— Daniel Baldwin (@baldwin_daniel_) July 1, 2023
Senator Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, and Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Georgia Republican, who are both staunch allies of Trump, arrived early at the event, according to Treene.
“Pickens, South Carolina! 8:00 am and people can’t wait to see President Trump! I’ll be there soon!” Greene tweeted early Saturday morning.
Pickens, South Carolina!
8:00 am and people can’t wait to see President Trump! 🦅🇺🇸
I’ll be there soon! pic.twitter.com/bFKY2G3a6S
— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) July 1, 2023
Trump is set to speak at 1 p.m. ET, and wrote in a Truth Social post that the crowd size was “AMAZING!” and touted “MAGA!!!” Meanwhile, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster and Representatives William Timmons and Russell Fry are among the guest speakers at the rally.
During a campaign stop in New Hampshire on Tuesday, the former president dismissed the classified documents probe and called it a “witch hunt.”
“Every time the radical left Democrats, Marxists, communists and fascists indict me, I consider it a badge—great, great, beautiful badge of honor and courage,” Trump said at the New Hampshire Federation of Republican Women’s annual Lilac luncheon in Concord. “Because I’m being indicted for you.”