Video shows attendees leaving Trump Michigan rally just 15 minutes after speech
Donald Trump supporters reportedly began leaving in large numbers just 15 minutes after his speech began at a rally in Michigan on Saturday night.
The former president held another campaign-style rally at a community college gymnasium in Warren, Michigan, and spoke for about 102 minutes in total, as he repeated unproven claims that the election of 2020 had been stolen and endorsed several Republican candidates for future terms.
A reporter live-tweeting from the Macomb College Sports & Expo Center suggested the crowd was nowhere near the arena’s full capacity of 6,600. A photo purportedly taken 10 minutes before the end of the rally showed sparsely populated seats towards the rear of the venue.
Attendees began to leave the room after just 15 minutes as Mr Trump launched into a list of his familiar grievances, Detroit Free Press said journalist Paul Egan in a tweet.
“There has also been a steady stream of attendees heading for the exits for about 15 minutes of this speech which is now an hour long and continuing. Former President Trump said a few words about #MIGOP candidates and got into some familiar #TrumpRally grievances,” he said.
A video shared by him claimed to show a stream of people, some dressed in red, heading for the exit door while others were seen cheering and clapping.
Mr Trump traveled to Michigan for the second time in six months to wake up his base ahead of the midterm elections, for an event where he was expected to endorse Tudor Dixon as governor, Matt DePerno as attorney general and Kristina Karamo as Secretary of State.
However, his speech only briefly touched on the candidates before Mr Trump launched into a rant slamming Democrats and the FBI’s raid of his Florida residence while branding himself a politician persecuted by his rivals.
At one point he reportedly lambasted Democrats as “cruel and vindictive left-wing tyrants” and “sinister” as he called on his supporters to vote Republicans.
“These are dangerous people who are ready to burn down all American institutions,” he said.
In the most notable part of his speech, he offered a shoutout to the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas for continuing to repeat his lies about the 2020 election in an interview with the House Select Committee on January 6.
“As we speak and think about the rigged and stolen election of 2020 – the presidential election, rigged and stolen – I would like to thank a great woman named Ginni Thomas. Do you know Ginny Thomas? A wonderful woman,” he said. -he declares.
Trump added: “She says she still believes the 2020 election was stolen…She didn’t say, ‘Well, I wish I didn’t get involved, of course that was a wonderful election “… She did not say They do not wither under pressure like so many others who are weak people and stupid people, because once they wither, they end up witnessing during long time.
He also addressed Hurricane Ian for the first time since one of the most powerful storms tore through the state of Florida, killing more than 80 people.
Mr Trump said he wanted to extend “deep sympathy and our immense support to everyone in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas who are being hit by this brutal wrath from the hurricane”.
“It’s not a good hurricane. It was a big deal,” he said, adding that he wanted to “say hello to everyone” in the affected area.