President Donald Trump hosted events in Ohio on Monday, September 21. Here’s a look at Trump’s Swanton, Ohio, rally crowd photos and more details about how many people attended the event at the Toledo Express Airport. He also held a rally in Dayton earlier in the day.
Thousands Attended the Swanton, Ohio, Rally
The September 21 rally in Swanton, Ohio — a suburb of Toledo — was his second event of the day in Ohio. When Trump first took the stage, he said, “Wow, this is a big crowd.” He later commented that the news didn’t pan out and show the whole crowd enough.
Brendan Gutenschwager, an independent journalist, described the rally as being attended by “thousands.”
— Brendan Gutenschwager (@BGOnTheScene) September 22, 2020
Crowd in Swanton, Ohio, awaits Trump at his second rally in the state today pic.twitter.com/jMoloJLgu0
— Mario Parker (@MarioDParker) September 21, 2020
Trump invited two football players from Little Miami High School in Swanton to join him on stage at one point. Brady Williams and Jared Bentley had been suspended from practice when they carried a pro-police American flag with a blue line on the field before their game, WLWT reported. They also carried a flag with a thin red line to support firefighters. They were suspended for a day. An investigation into the incident ultimately determined that it wasn’t politically motivated since it happened on September 11.
During his speech, Trump talked about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi not saying she wouldn’t impeach him a second time as a possible means of slowing a new Supreme Court justice nomination. “Go ahead,” Trump said. “I want them to do that.”
The crowd chanted, “Fill that seat!” when he talked about appointing a new justice. “We will fill that seat,” Trump said back. The chants of “fill that seat” have become more commonplace at Trump rallies.
Chants of “FILL THAT SEAT! FILL THAT SEAT!” from crowd in Swanton, Ohio.
President Trump responds: “We will fill that seat!” pic.twitter.com/Y8NcOgNmX1
— Monica Alba (@albamonica) September 22, 2020
People were lined up even eight hours before the Swanton rally, and buses dropped off dozens.
SWANTON, OH — Supporters already lined up outside, 8 hours before President Trump’s airport hangar rally tonight.
Buses are dropping off people by the dozens. pic.twitter.com/3VFWwMAWBH
— Nicole Sganga (@NicoleSganga) September 21, 2020
The Blade reported that Rick Frazier, 64, was the first person in line for the Swanton rally, having shown up at 10 a.m. on Sunday.
Rick Frazier, 64, a retiree from New Bremen, Ohio, was the first person in line for President Trump's rally in Toledo. He said he showed up at 10 a.m. Sunday. @bsutherlt https://t.co/pPnNQNKCqe pic.twitter.com/iY18YfODmh
— The Blade (@toledonews) September 22, 2020
During his speech, Trump also celebrated the Big Ten returning to football.
— Doug Mills (@dougmillsnyt) September 22, 2020
Mark Knoller of CBS News reported that most people at the rally were not wearing masks and there was no social distancing, except for the perimeter around where Trump was.
Few supporters at Trump Ohio rally wearing masks and none observing social distancing, except for perimeter around Pres. Trump. pic.twitter.com/vY6mG5rYQQ
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) September 22, 2020
Trump spoke at two rallies Monday and arrived back at the White House just before 11 p.m.
Trump Has More Events Planned This Week
Trump has a number of future events scheduled. On Tuesday, September 22, he’s hosting a rally in Moon Township, Pennsylvania, at 7 p.m. Eastern time at the Pittsburgh International Airport.
He’s then hosting an event in Jacksonville, Florida, on Thursday, September 24, at 7 p.m. Eastern time. This will be at Cecil Airport.
After that is an event in Middletown, Pennsylvania, on Saturday, September 26, at 7 p.m. Eastern time at AvFlight Harrisburg.