If turnout is any indication, then President Donald Trump remains very popular in Cincinnati, Ohio, as evidenced by a well-attended parade on Saturday that drew at least 7,000 people, according to reports.
Scores of videos featuring cars and trucks adorned with American and “Trump 2020” flags showed thousands circling the 84-mile I-275 Loop around the city and streams through parts of Kentucky and Indiana as well.
One photo tweeted by White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications Dan Scavino from his personal account showed a large tractor-trailer rig decked out in woodland camouflage paint hauling a tank adorned with Trump flags.
— Dan Scavino🇺🇸🦅 (@DanScavino) September 12, 2020
He also tweeted other photos showing the huge crowds that flocked to the parade which, according to Karen Mills, the coordinator, featured 34 staging areas and was intended for participants to show their love of country and support for police.
“Our purpose is to get together and have a great day, and show our patriotism,” Mills told WXIX Fox 19 on Friday. “The purpose of this event is to encourage one another, see each other as they drive on the other side of the highway, how they decorate their vehicles, and to support the blue line and to support our president.”
The outlet reported that, by Friday, more than 6,000 people had signed up to participate in the two-hour event. Mills said that people did not have to sign up in order to join the parade, however.
According to the Facebook page set up for the event, about 7,300 people said they attended the rally.
Mills told a local news outlet she was “hoping to get 50 to 100 people” to show up.
One photo posted on Twitter shows a man who looked and dressed like President Trump, complete with iconic red tie, standing on what appears to be a highway overpass next to a “Trump-Pence” sign.
@realDonaldTrump the "silent majority" came out in full force today in Cincinnati, filling the I-275 loop with over 19K participants in both directions! Amazing, beautiful, patriotic support of Trump2020! pic.twitter.com/4g0SpU9XSy
— Betsy Harris (@Hi2bets5590) September 12, 2020
Mills, 57, called the turnout “fantastic.”
“It is breathtaking,” she told the Cincinnati Inquirer. “People are honking their horns. They have decorated their vehicles. The patriotism has been out of sight.”
She said she and a friend came up with the idea in August, and after posting it to Facebook, participants grew exponentially.
“I wanted to have a parade to show encouragement for each other during this time, to support the police, the Blue Line, to support Trump. To have a patriotic day that everyone could be included in,” she said, adding the event started with only two interstate entry points.
She told the outlet that she and her friend had organized events before but nothing as large as the pro-Trump, pro-police parade Saturday, adding that they were inspired by the massive Trump boat parades that have been taking place all summer.
“I just thought I have a vehicle, many people have a vehicle, let’s do this,” she said.
“I was told we have groups from Kentucky and Indiana. There are people from New York, North Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and the whole Tristate,” she added.
The parade may have been slowed by a car crash that sent five people to area hospitals. Police said none of those vehicles were participating in the parade, as it happened before the rally began.
Early voting in Ohio begins Oct. 6, the Cincinnati Inquirer added.
Here is a sampling of the event in pictures and video:
— Rick West (@westsemper) September 12, 2020
— Alysha Johnson (@AjohnsonOhio) September 12, 2020
@realDonaldTrump Mr President, you would not believe the amount of love that you are getting in Cincinnati today. THOUSANDS of people are circling the I-275 loop today in a parade in your honor. You say that you miss being called Donald? Well, thank you, Donald! pic.twitter.com/JkxZdANccS
— MPCU (@MPCU3) September 12, 2020
WATCH: A parade in support of President Donald Trump took place Saturday, circling around Cincinnati's Interstate 275 loop. pic.twitter.com/9Wf8ZTDaBr
— WLWT (@WLWT) September 12, 2020
Trump parade Cincinnati pic.twitter.com/4NSyCoIa7M
— Craig Harrison (@CraigHa78518631) September 12, 2020
— Brian Batchelor (@bdbatch1) September 12, 2020
— andi (@andi12344567) September 12, 2020
— Kathleen Kincaid (@FASTBAJA) September 12, 2020
As the early voting for the U.S. presidential election is approaching in Ohio, hundreds of people participated in a car parade in Cincinnati on Saturday to show support for President Trump pic.twitter.com/4Bk2gKxjwX
— Macy (@xzbxcb) September 13, 2020
Author: Jon Dougherty
Source: Biz Pac Review: Pro-Trump parade in Cincinnati estimated at 7k strong after hopes were for ’50 to 100 people’