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Thousands of people turned out for a rally to support President Donald Trump in a must-win Michigan county that turned red for the first time in decades in 2016.
Video of the event shows a massive crowd in Macomb County including, by one estimate, about 1,000 ‘Bikers for Trump’ riders who, like the president, honored America’s first responders on the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on Friday.
“I’ve never seen anything like this,” says a woman in the video, which was posted on the Facebook page of Michigan Trump Republicans 2020.
Posted by Michigan Trump Republicans 2020 on Friday, September 11, 2020
Additional video shows a very large crowd as one biker for Trump after another rides past.
Video was also taken and posted by Rob Cortis, founder of the Trump Unity Bridge float, which he says he has taken to all 48 lower contiguous states.
Trump won Macomb County with 54 percent of the vote after residents went twice for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012. The county has sided with the presidential pick in eight of the past 10 elections going back to Ronald Reagan in 1980.
President Trump was in Michigan on Thursday but did not attend the unity bridge event the following day. Nevertheless, turnout for the president’s rally at an airport in Saginaw County drew twice as many people — around 10,000 — than officials were expecting, according to MLive.
“Trump was scheduled to speak at 7 p.m. from the Avflight Saginaw hangar, an aviation company located at the airport. The facility itself was reported to have a capacity of 1,700,” MLive reported, adding that the president discussed, among other issues, “manufacturing and auto jobs during his speech, telling supporters he would keep jobs in Michigan, given another four years.”
Scores of Trump supporters arrived the day before the event and camped out overnight, a move that paid off as parking lots at MBS International Airport filled quickly as Thursday morning dawned.
“We were really overflowing, our old parking lot which had 1,400 spaces was rapidly filled. We were then parking people in the grass – which then also filled up and people were parking along the roadside,” airport manager James Canders said. “I eventually had to tell people to start parking at the new terminal parking lot, which was a mile away.”
He noted further that by the time Air Force One landed around 7 p.m. cars still stretched for miles in three different directions.
And, as has been the case throughout the president’s tenure, officials said the massive crowds there to see Trump were peaceful and “polite.”
“Everyone seemed to be in good spirits and everyone seemed to be very polite, I didn’t see any incidents,” Cander said. “The state police didn’t make me aware of any incidents that occurred and I didn’t hear anything on our radio, so overall it went as smoothly as it could with that amount of people.”
The manager also said cleaning up after the event was no problem, either.
During his rally, Trump acknowledged the large number of supporters on hand to see him.
“This is not the crowd of a person who comes in second place, you know that right?” He said. “Fifty-four days from now, we’re going to win Michigan.”
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