While officials were concerned that there could be violence and this weekend’s Trump rally, it turned out to be a pretty tame event. In fact, it is estimated that only 400-500 people even showed up.
Those who did show up, though, are huge supporters of the former president. And according to Shimon Prokupecz, many of the attendees felt Trump was to blame.
The CNN reporter told viewers, “Some were upset at the former president because they felt that he, by coming out and saying people shouldn’t come or they felt he wasn’t strong enough in support. I did hear from some of those folks who took issue with it, but I didn’t hear them changing their opinions or their support of the former president.”
Prokupecz continued, “And as much as i just want to make one other point, as much as the organizers said, well, this wasn’t political, this wasn’t about politics, it really was, in the end. Everywhere you went here, you hear, you see signs about the former president.”
Earlier this week, Trump discouraged his followers from going to the event. He said in an interview this week, “On Saturday, that’s a setup. If people don’t show up they’ll say, ‘Oh, it’s a lack of spirit.’ And if people do show up they’ll be harassed.”
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