45th President Donald J. Trump’s Saturday rally in Pickens, South Carolina, was off the charts in terms of crowd size.
Over 50,000 people showed up for the rally, with Pickens County Police Chief Randall Beach telling the Spartanburg Herald-Journal that he “estimated tens of thousands showed up in the small city on an afternoon when temperatures reached the mid-90s,” according to Newsweek.
Chief Perkins said, “No way it was less than 50,000.” That means the crowd was over ten times the size of the entire town, which registered 3,371 residents in 2021, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
“I know the venue was full and that there were long lines to get in, but our office was tasked with providing event security, so I am not aware [of] what the official number was. As for arrests, there were zero event-related arrests,” said Pickens police Chief Deputy Chuck James to the outlet.
During the energetic rally, something unheard of by his rivals on both sides of the aisle, Trump said he would “move heaven and earth to fully secure our elections,” telling Republicans they would employ “every lawful means to win.”
The momentum continues to be on Trump’s side, with the 45th president’s polling average beating all other GOP rivals by 30.9 points, according to RealClearPolitics. He has 56 percent support in the primary, according to the latest Fox News poll, with his closest rival, Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida, holding a mere 22 percent.