A local report on a campaign rally Donald Trump held in Waco, Texas, on Saturday says folks started leaving well before the former president even finished speaking, and the details, shared in a publication called the Waco Tribune-Herald, even included information from some of those leaving about why they were, in fact, departing, which bolsters the case here.
“About 30 minutes into the rally, the crowd began to thin, with people getting a head start on the walk back to the parking lots, designated and otherwise,” per the local publication. “Several leaving early said they accomplished what they wanted to achieve by showing up for the rally, enduring traffic and long lines. Some said after hours on the tarmac, they were tired, hungry or both and wanted to get home.” Reports of members of the crowd exiting before Trump finished speaking have consistently followed Donald. Here, he evidently addressed the crowd for about an hour and a half, speaking from what the publication identified as around 6 p.m. local time to about 7:30. The report did characterize the gathering as a large event overall.
Among those who stopped by to help entertain the crowd were the Georgia GOP Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene and Mike Lindell of MyPillow, who somehow became among the leading voices promoting false claims of election fraud after the 2020 presidential race. Lindell recently said that, amid steep defamation litigation over the false claims he helped propagate, MyPillow had to take out $10 million in loans, so it doesn’t sound like it’s going great over at his company. It’s not quite clear if the count from the Tribune-Herald of 30 minutes from the rally starting would begin with the guest speakers or Trump himself talking, but either way, there was at least an hour left of Donald spreading his familiar BS as folks left. Troublingly but not surprisingly, the local report also found evidently consistent support among interviewed attendees for the false notion the 2020 election was somehow rigged.
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