The humble town of Pickens, South Carolina, is typically known for its traditional Fourth of July celebrations, basking in the summer heat. However, this year, the town’s population of 3,300 saw an influx of an estimated 50,000 attendees, becoming the epicenter of an early rallying cry for the 2024 Republican nomination.
The formidable gathering was organized in support of former President Donald Trump, who delivered a passionate speech highlighting the critical role of hardworking American patriots. “It was hard-working patriots like you who built this country, and it is hardworking patriots like you who are going to save our country,” he declared amidst the sea of supporters lining the town’s main street.
Leading in the polls for the GOP nomination, Trump painted a vivid picture of the challenge that lies ahead for the nation. “2024 is our final battle. Under our leadership, the forgotten men and women will be forgotten no longer,” he proclaimed.
During the rally, Trump took the opportunity to criticize the current administration’s handling of the country’s affairs. He emphasized his disagreement with President Joe Biden’s international policies, stating, “Joe Biden’s policy is China first. My policy is very simple, America first.”
The rally’s attendees echoed a sentiment of unwavering support for the former president. Former Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer noted, “When we come together and show this kind of support for an individual, it speaks volumes about the eventual nominee.”
Several attendees expressed their solidified support for Trump. Among them was Tena Stark, a native of Pickens, who firmly declared, “I was open, but my mind is made up now. I feel like he’s the strongest man for the job.” Kenny Stoll, an ironworker from Summerville, South Carolina, lauded Trump’s integrity, saying, “I don’t think he lies to the people. He’s true to his word, and he doesn’t back down. He fights for what’s right.”
Others, like Bailey Lehmans of Charleston, appreciated Trump’s straightforwardness. “I back Trump because he’s real with us. He wasn’t born into politics,” she said. Virginia Powell, 91, voiced her concern about the state of the nation, stating, “The country is in the biggest mess we’ve ever been in, and it’s up to us to clean it up.”
The sentiment was mirrored by Trump’s closing statement, “We are a nation that has lost its way, but we are not going to allow this horror to continue.” The rally underscored the energy and determination of a significant portion of the American electorate, united behind a call for restoration and an uncompromising commitment to American values. The 2024 election looms as a potential turning point, a battle of ideas, and a testament to the resilience of our democratic process.