Former President Donald Trump hosted another “Save America” themed rally on Saturday, October 9. This one took place in Des Moines, Iowa. Read on to learn more about how many people attended Trump’s Iowa rally.
Trump’s rally took place at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. His speech was scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Central but it started about 40 minutes late. The rally itself began at 2 p.m. Fox News reported that a big part of this rally would involve supporting candidates in the 2022 midterm elections. Ashley Hinson, Sen. Chuck Grassley, and Gov. Kim Reynolds also shared the stage with Trump, CBS 2 reported.
About 20,000 Trump Supporters Attended the Rally, According to Local Media
David Amelotti of Iowa News Now reported on Twitter that thousands of Trump supporters were standing in line, waiting to get through the gates as they opened.
Amelotti later estimated that about 20,000 Trump supporters were attending the rally.
He did say that event staff wouldn’t comment on how many attended, but he was hearing estimates of as many as 20,000.
Trump wrote in an email before the rally: “Iowa is absolutely critical to our efforts to take back the House and Senate in 2022, and then the White House in 2024.”
Des Moines Register reported that their latest Iowa poll showed 53% of people had favorable feelings toward Trump, with 91% of local Republicans feeling favorable toward him.
This was Trump’s first time in Iowa since the presidential election, KCCI reported. Before the rally began, early attendees watched the Iowa vs. Penn State football game on screens set up at the venue.
Amelotti shared that at one point during the rally, Trump had the attendees turn around and yell “fake news!” at the press in attendance. He said it was unsettling, especially considering that they were invited to attend.
Trump’s speech started about 40 minutes late.
While Trump has not announced if he’s running in 2024 or not, C-SPAN labeled its coverage of Trump’s rally as “Campaign 2024,” MSN reported.
This caused some criticism from people online who said the label was misleading since he hadn’t actually announced yet if he was going to be in the 2024 race.
Christina Bobb of conservative outlet Newsmax shared the video above showing the crowd before Trump arrived.
Trump endorsed Sen. Grassley during his speech.
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