We have a question for you:
Do you think President Trump’s influence is waning?
Or do you think his influence on the Republican party is stronger than ever?
I think we all know the answer.
This is President Trump’s party now.
But that’s not what Newsweek said.
Newsweek said the following:
A sparse crowd gathered in Washington D.C., to support the January 6 Capitol rioters on Saturday, Representative Ted Lieu said the “Justice for J6” rally’s poor attendance shows that former President Donald Trump’s influence on the Republican Party is finally waning.
As if that opening paragraph isn’t bad enough, the headline emphasizes “very small crowd size.”
Newsweek even appeared to promote this narrative on social media.
Trump’s “waning influence” shown in “very small crowd size” at “Justice for J6” rally: Ted Lieu https://t.co/AyIE0QQcwb
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) September 18, 2021
Doesn’t this show how out of touch they are?
Not just the media…
But our politicians in D.C.
Have they never seen a Trump rally?
And no, we’re not just talking about the campaign rallies.
We’re talking about the rallies he’s held THIS year.
Just a few weeks ago.
They’re as packed as ever with tens of thousands in overflow.
Look at the recent footage below.
Does this look like “waning influence” to you?
Look at the size of the of the crowd at Trumps Alabama rally.
No way in hell could Biden pull this off in a million years.
I know, the left still lives under the delusion Biden won more than 80 million votes 😂
Yeah, keep living the delusion liberals 😉🤣🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/ET4ovrZRPL
— Linda Crescent (@CrescentPatriot) August 22, 2021
Absolutely Fabulous Rally in #Alabama tonight!! We Need President Trump BACK 🇺🇸‼️Massive crowd despise the rain 🌧! 🇺🇸🇺🇸#SaveAmerica 🇺🇸🇺🇸 @RSBNetwork great job!👏🏻👏🏻 pic.twitter.com/UJXhLFiymy
— Neesie 🇺🇸 (@neesietweets) August 22, 2021
Everyone is here to see Donald J Trump. Joe Biden‘s biggest crowd was nine! Joe Biden didn’t win the presidency he must be evicted immediately! pic.twitter.com/BCltVDEbyt
— TIMENOUT (@TIMENOUT) August 22, 2021
Just wow! Look at the size of this crowd for Trump rally. pic.twitter.com/aYjk2VUnJn
— .Funkytown™ 8.0 (@Funky8_0) August 22, 2021
Why are they citing low attendance at the Justice for J6 rally?
Especially when President Trump himself told his supporters to stay away!
Business Insider reports:
Former President Donald Trump is staying away from the September 18 Washington, DC, rally in support of Capitol-riot suspects because he thinks it’s a setup to damage his reputation, sources told The New York Times.
Trump has in the past spoken in support of his fans who attacked the US Capitol on January 6 in a bid to stop Joe Biden’s certification as president.
But sources told The Times that he wouldn’t be going anywhere near Washington on Saturday and would instead spend the day at his golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey.
“Mr. Trump views the planned protest as a setup that the news media will use against him regardless of the outcome,” The Times said, citing people familiar with his thinking.
Trump is not the only Republican keeping his distance. Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Madison Cawthorn, who were scheduled to speak at the event, both canceled their appearances, Politico reported.
The event had raised fears of a repeat of the violence on January 6, with intelligence officials saying that several far-right groups, such as the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers, were expected to attend.
Amid the security concerns, police officers have reerected a security fence around the perimeter of the Capitol that was originally put there in the wake of the insurrection.
Trump appears not to be the only one concerned that the event was a setup, with NBC News reporting on Wednesday that hard-line Trump supporters and right-wing extremists on social media were riddled with paranoia that the event could be a decoy used to entrap them.
The Department for Homeland Security said about 700 people were expected to attend the event.
There you have it, folks.
President Trump told his supporters to stay away.
And we did.
And yet the media wants to claim “waning influence.”