Turnout At Don Jr.’s Campaign Event So Low, Organizers Asked Attendees To Scoot Closer To The Stage
President Donald Trump often brags about the sizes of his crowds at political campaign events — but it’s the size of his son’s latest campaign event that is likely concerning to him this week.
Donald Trump Jr. attended an event for Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s re-election campaign in Pikeville, Kentucky, on Thursday afternoon. In spite of the fact that the president’s son was there to speak, the event was “sparsely-attended,” according to local reporter Ryland Barton, and event organizers “asked the audience to move out of the seats and closer to the stage.”
About 200 individuals attended the event in total, Newsweek reported. The Appalachian Wireless Arena, where the event took place, seats around 7,000.
Bevin is facing a tough re-election campaign in Kentucky this year. He currently has a dismal approval rating, a net of -24 percent among citizens of his state. He’s up for re-election this November.
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Still, with a member of the Trump family on the marquee for a political event in a state where Trump has a net approval rating of +19 percent, some have suggested the low-attended event was an embarrassment, particularly for Trump Jr., who may run for office himself someday.
Earlier this year, Trump Jr. suggested he wasn’t opposed to running for office himself, like his father has done.
“I definitely enjoy the fight,” he said, per reporting from The Independent. “I definitely like being out there and I love being able to see the impact and the difference that it makes on these people’s lives that I get to see all over the country.”