Former President Donald Trump hosted his second rally since President Joe Biden won the election. His rally on Saturday, July 3, 2021, was held in Sarasota, Florida. This was part of what Trump is calling a “Save America” tour. Read on to learn more about how many people attended Trump’s Florida rally.
Thousands Attended the Rally, Which Included Fireworks
Trump’s second post-presidency rally was held at Sarasota Fairgrounds on Ringling Boulevard in Sarasota, Florida. The event was sponsored by Save America, according to his website. At the time of this article’s publication, Trump did not have another rally on his schedule.
Ryan McKinnon, reporting for the Herald-Tribune, shared this video of what the crowd looked like when Trump took the stage:
Leonardo Feldman of the conservative outlet Newsmax shared a video of the crowd at the rally before it began. Feldman tweeted that “thousands” were expected.
He later shared this video of the crowd:
Derek Gilliam of the Herald-Tribune shared that Congressman Matt Gaetz spoke at the rally before Trump. In late March, Axios reported that Gaetz was considering early retirement to take a Newsmax job, but Gaetz did not confirm the report. There is an ongoing federal investigation involving Gaetz, ABC News reported. Prosecutors told ABC News that a decision on whether or not to bring charges against Gaetz could be reached as early as this month.
Gilliam said thousands showed up and were waiting in line before the rally.
Trump’s speech was scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Eastern time, although doors opened earlier at 2 p.m. The rally also hosted a fireworks display at 9 p.m. Eastern, and the event was billed as an independence celebration, Herald-Tribune reported. Trump spoke for about 90 minutes, roughly the same length of time he typically spoke during his campaign rallies.
McKinnon shared that rain started to fall on the crowd while Gaetz was speaking and a couple of hours before Trump was scheduled to take the stage.
But, he later added, the crowd didn’t dissipate much despite the rain.
Trump’s Ohio Rally Had Thousands in Attendance
Trump’s first post-presidency rally was in Ohio last weekend. The Ohio rally was in support of Max Miller, a former White House adviser who is running in the 16th Congressional District primary against incumbent Anthony Gonzalez, Fox 8 reported. Reuters estimated actual attendance being in the “thousands.”
Trump told Newsmax that he will decide whether he’s running for the 2024 election in the “not too distant future.” He added, “Right now, I’m helping a lot of people get into office, and we’re fighting the deep state, and we’re fighting radical left. They’re after me. They’re after Rudy, they’re after you, probably. They’re after anybody.”
Meanwhile, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is possibly considering a 2024 run for president, USA Today reported. He was not expected to be at the rally, but is instead continuing to help with recovery efforts after a 12-story condominium collapsed near Miami. More than 100 people are still missing.
Two days before the Florida rally, The Trump Organization and chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg pleaded not guilty to criminal charges, The Guardian reported.