Former President Donald Trump hosted a rally in Cullman, Alabama, on Saturday night, August 21, 2021. Read on to learn more about how many people attended Trump’s Alabama rally and what happened.
Tens of Thousands Were Estimated to be Attending the ‘Save America’ Rally
Trump’s rally took place in Cullman, Alabama, at York Family Farms. The event was part of the Alabama Republican Party’s summer meeting, Alabama News Network reported, and was co-hosted by the Alabama Republican Party. AL.com reported that this was the first time Trump spoke in Alabama in four years. Congressman Mo Brooks spoke before Trump, as did Mike Lindell.
Amanda Head, managing editor of The Hollywood Conservative, shared this crowd photo on Twitter:
According to Al.com, an attendance of about 40,000 people was expected. Last weekend, a Rock the South event was hosted in the same location and 30,000 attended each night. CBS 42 confirmed the same attendance expectation. The Hill reported that John Wahl, the state party chair, expected a crowd of 20,000.
DeAndria Turner of WAFF 48 shared this crowd photo as Alabama Lieutenant Governor Will Ainsworth spoke:
Mike Cason of AL.com said many people showed up early for the rally:
Turner said some showed up very early in the morning to stand in line:
RSBN shared this video of people waiting in line for the rally:
Here’s another crowd photo shared on Twitter:
It was a rainy day during the rally, but many people still stuck it out. At one point in the afternoon, the crowd was told they could return to their cars when it was raining and be readmitted, AL.com shared.
This video from Grace Saldana, a right-wing reporter for RSB Network, shows the crowd when Trump arrived to speak:
Here’s another crowd size video from Saldana:
Matt Kroschel of WAAYTV shared this video showing the crowd just 15 minutes before Trump was set to begin speaking:
During his speech, Trump criticized President Joe Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan. He also criticized Dr. Anthony Fauci and called him a “radical masker.” He also criticized Democrat politics. Kroschel shared this photo while Trump was speaking:
However, Trump also encouraged the attendees to get vaccinated:
Trump told the crowd: “Get your vaccine. You have your freedoms but I got it. If it doesn’t work I’ll be the first to let you know.”
Officials Were Concerned the Rally & Last Weekend’s Concert in the Same Location Might Become Superspreader Events
COVID-19 cases have been surging across the United States in recent weeks, causing some hospitals to reach capacity. This led the Cullman City Council to declare a state of emergency on Thursday, CBS42 reported.
Dr. William Smith, chief medical officer at Cullman Regional, said he expected the event to be a superspreader event, just as they expected the previous weekend’s “Rock the South” event to be a superspreader, according to CBS42.
Face masks were not required, although they were made available at the rally, WVTM13 reported.
In the first five days of the school year in Cullman County, more than 400 cases of COVID-19 were reported in Cullman County schools, CBS42 reported. In the last week, 272 new cases have been reported in the county, and Alabama reported 3,890 new cases on Wednesday, The Hill reported. Cullman Regional Medical Center is currently out of ICU beds, as are other hospitals in the Alabama region. According to The Hill, the Alabama Hospital Association reported a 29-bed deficit in the state’s ICUs.