Former President Donald Trump returned to the political spotlight with a high-profile rally in Waco, Texas, a unique choice for a rally location with a mix of historical significance and political strategy. Despite accusations of insensitivity for scheduling the rally during the 30th anniversary of the deadly Branch Davidian siege in Waco, Trump had a multitude of reasons for choosing the city and state. Waco is located in the heart of Trump country, the Texas division, an area of the country known for its religious and anti-federal government conservatism that has been receptive to Trump's political message. Additionally, Waco is centrally located within 200 miles of heavily Republican areas around Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Austin, and San Antonio, making it a strategic location for a rally in a crucial swing state. However, Trump's recent legal troubles, including possible criminal indictment, added an extra layer of complexity to the event.
TX Lt Gov Dan Patrick, always the Trump defender took responsibility for the decision to rally in Waco. Yet even that makes it obvious WHY Waco was chosen, on that particular day, regardless of who actually made the decision.
What I really want to know, always in fact, isn’t what he said (it’s always the same and mostly lies anyway-aren’t we beyond this yet?) but exactly how many attended and how big the venue was or how many it was meant to hold. Photos are deceiving. Venues are stacked with ringers and wannabes with campaign provided signs for the best camera shots. Even a form of casual DEI is used to place a variety of races & both genders behind the candidate in front of the cameras. Attendance is information I have rarely ever seen in a rally review. Tulsa is the only rally where attendance was actually the subject. And it’s rare for cameras to pan the entire venue. Is it any wonder people are wary of media covering Trump or MAGA candidates? What’s not being reported is what’s so obvious. So...why?