TOWNSHIP OF WASHINGTON, Michigan. – There is a crush at the gates of the Michigan Stars Sports Center on Powell Road at Washington Township.
As it stands, loud country and rock on the stereo speakers, it will soon be filled with 5,500 enthusiastic Donald Trump supporters.
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Doors opened at 2 p.m. with Secret Service agents carrying out individual screening, those wearing pro-Trump red, white and blue hats, sweatshirts, t-shirts began pouring into the football facility indoors. The fire department is closely monitoring attendance figures and will close the doors when the building reaches capacity. Yet the parking lot is full of at least 5,500 other people who want to enter. They won’t.
Having covered at least half a dozen of these gatherings now, the crowd is generally excited, defiant and happy to be here. Again today they carry any permutation of the Make America Great Again, Trump 2020 and Take Back America messages.
They have necklaces, cowboy hats, baseball caps, jackets, scarves, all exclaiming their passion for Donald Trump and wanting him to run for president again in 2024. They also support negative ballot candidates receiving President Trump’s endorsement, handing out signs, selling buttons and t-shirts for the Attorney General’s nominee Matt DePerno and candidate for Secretary of State Kristina Karamo as well as.
As often happens at events like these, the program that was supposed to start at 4 p.m. started more than an hour late. Michigan Republican Party Co-Chairman Meshawn Maddock kicked off the rally by having the crowd shout in unison “fake news.”
After an invocation, the oath of allegiance and the national anthem, the crowd began to chant loudly “USA, USA”
US Congresswoman Lisa McLain, who represents the region, spoke first. She started by saying “our country is in trouble”. She added critically that President Biden had taken the nation “from America first to America last.”
She urged making the country red, like in Republican, in the next election.
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