Former President Donald Trump will appear at a rally in Florence, South Carolina on Saturday night, where there is expected to be an hours-long rally as he seeks to “boost his preferred GOP candidates and blast two incumbents that he wants voted out,” according to The State. The rally is set to be held at the Florence Regional Airport.
President Donald J. Trump to Hold a Rally in Georgia pic.twitter.com/Pv76QK0U2b
— Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) March 11, 2022
Trump, who continues to draw massive support amongst Republicans since leaving the White House, often uses his influence in GOP primaries. Trump is said to be set against U.S. Rep. Tom Rice, R-Myrtle Beach, who voted to impeach him over the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. He will also reportedly aim some criticism at GOP incumbent, Rep. Nancy Mace, R-Daniel Island.
Trump’s endorsed candidate to primary “RINO traitor” Rep. Nancy Mace in SC, at the Trump rally today, says she has 4 priorities if elected: 1. Fire Fauci, 2. Abolish Dept of Ed, 3. Impeach Biden, and 4. Open Hunter Biden’s laptop. pic.twitter.com/THcjXBbfzt
— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) March 12, 2022
Trump has also invited his preferred candidates to speak. The State reports:
▪ Russell Fry: The current State House lawmaker said he is challenging Rice for the Republican nomination in the 7th District because Rice broke his constituents’ trust by voting to impeach Trump. After Rice’s impeachment vote, both the Horry County and state GOP voted to censure him. Since receiving Trump’s endorsement, Fry has dialed up his rhetoric about Rice, referring to him as a “villain” in a television ad that will air on national TV during Trump’s visit.
▪ Katie Arrington: The former State House lawmaker first made national waves in 2018, when she ran for Congress in South Carolina’s coastal 1st District seat and beat then-U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford in the Republican primary by making loyalty to Trump the centerpiece of her grassroots campaign. She went on to lose in the general election, marking the first time in nearly 40 years that the Charleston-anchored district had slipped out of GOP control. This time, Arrington is challenging Mace for the Republican nomination and has characterized Mace as a “sellout.” Arrington received Trump’s endorsement within 48 hours of jumping into the race. She has also falsely claimed Trump won the 2020 presidential election.
▪ Gov. Henry McMaster: McMaster may be one of Trump’s longest supporters. In early 2016, when McMaster was lieutenant governor to then Gov. Nikki Haley, he became the first statewide-elected official in the country to endorse Trump’s presidential bid. At the time, the move shocked political watchers but McMaster was rewarded for his loyalty. When Trump picked Haley to be his U.N. ambassador, it allowed McMaster to ascend to the governor’s office. In 2018, McMaster won his first full term in office. The 74-year-old lifelong South Carolina Republican, if reelected, stands to become the longest-serving governor in South Carolina history. Trump last year endorsed McMaster in his 2022 reelection bid.
Other GOP figures who were scheduled to speak at the rally were Graham Allen, Lou Holtz, Brandon Judd, and Drew McKissick.
Although Trump has not officially said whether he will run for office again in 2024, “he has continued to tease the possibility,” The State notes. According to the publication, the Trump rally was expected to draw thousands even as rainy weather was in the forecast.
Here’s video of some of the crowd going through the security and screening process for former President Donald Trump ‘Save America’ rally in Florence. pic.twitter.com/yroPO8xYLe
— Tonya Brown (@TonyaWPDE) March 12, 2022
Some bad weather – strong wind and rain – is currently hitting the Trump rally grounds in Florence, South Carolina.
— Zachary Petrizzo (@ZTPetrizzo) March 12, 2022
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