President Donald Trump led his first rally today since his coronavirus diagnosis. Here’s a look at how many people attended the Sanford, Florida, rally on October 12, along with crowd size photos and overflow photos. The rally took place at the Orlando Sanford International Airport in Sanford, Florida.
Thousands Attended the Rally, With Media Estimating 4,000 or More, Not Including Overflow
This was Trump’s first rally speech since contracting coronavirus. His doctor said for the first time on Monday before the rally that Trump had tested negative for COVID-19 on consecutive days, the AP reported.
Ben Riley-Smith, U.S. editor of the Telegraph, showed the crowd and estimated it included at least 4,000 people, possibly more. He wrote: “There are a lot of people here at Trump’s Florida rally. At a guess 4,000+?”
The Orlando Sentinel estimated the crowd to be in the “thousands.”
Richard Hall of the Independent shared the video below, noting that the crowd was not socially distanced and many weren’t wearing masks.
He shared more photos showing a packed crowd in Florida.
This photo of Trump walking onto the stage was shared on Twitter by Doug Mills of the New York Times.
During his speech, Trump told the crowd that he felt energized by their prayers and support. “Now they say I’m immune. … I feel so powerful. I’ll kiss everyone in the room,” Trump joked. “I’ll kiss all the guys and all the beautiful women.”
Before he spoke, Trump tossed masks to the crowd as he often does. He was quite energetic for his speech, which lasted about 60 minutes.
Trump’s speech was shorter than his normal 90-minute rally speech, but it was longer than the 45-minute speech he gave just before his diagnosis and his 17-minute speech at the White House on October 10.
During the rally, Trump told the crowd that the U.S. is going to land an astronaut on Mars “very soon.”
Biden has been leading Trump in polls recently, but Trump told the crowd during his Orlando rally speech that the sizes of his rallies are “the real polls.”
Daniel Dale of CNN shared that at one point during his speech, Trump expressed his sympathy for the families of those who have died for coronavirus. Dale reported that the crowd chanted back: “We love you!”
Trump danced at the end of his rally, as he often does.
Overflow Was Also Packed & Trump Has More Events Planned This Week
RSBN, a pro-Trump news source, shared these screenshots from the “Overflow Cam” during Trump’s rally.
They shared this photo too:
Nicole Sganga of CBS News shared a video of the crowd lined up seven hours before the event was set to begin.
Jim Acosta shared this photo of people waiting for Trump to arrive.
Here are some more crowd photos from the rally:
Trump is currently planning additional in-person rallies this week on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The Johnstown, Pennsylvania, rally begins at 7 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, October 13, at John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport.
The Des Moines, Iowa, rally begins at 7 p.m. Eastern time on Wednesday, October 14, at Des Moines International Airport.