Let’s face it, Texas is still a pretty red state, despite the effort by Democrats to turn it blue. Trump carried the state by nine points in 2016.
But Democrats keep thinking they’re going to flip it and Robert Francis O’Rourke is from Texas.
So when O’Rourke said he would throw a counter-rally to President Donald Trump’s rally in Dallas on Thursday, who came out ahead in the rally numbers?
Well, in the lead up to the two events, it wasn’t even close.
As is typical with Trump rally events, people started lining up far in advance of the event because it’s first come, first get in.
Here’s a shot of the line and folks camping out.
— Caroline Vandergriff (@c_vandergriff) October 16, 2019
Here’s O’Rourke’s line beforehand on Thursday afternoon.
A handful of @BetoORourke supporters are waiting outside the Theatre at Grand Prairie, ahead of his “Rally Against Fear.”
— Caroline Vandergriff (@c_vandergriff) October 17, 2019
But O’Rourke’s attendance did pick up closer to the event, although they didn’t look particularly enthusiastic. They were definitely not into the woman with the bell trying to start a “Beto” chant.
— Nichole Manna (@NicholeManna) October 17, 2019
Of course, Trump’s lines picked up too.
See you soon Dallas, Texas! pic.twitter.com/Sg6xtp1vqQ
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 17, 2019
I don’t know if I’m gonna get in to the Trump rally in Dallas. The line I swear is 10 city blocks long double stacked. It’s unreal! And that’s just one 1 side! #MAGA #Trump2020 pic.twitter.com/TTroAI7tk2
— I Knew It! (@Mtomatetexas) October 17, 2019
O’Rourke termed his event, a “Rally against Fear.” Not sure what this was a sample of the entertainment captured by Tom Elliott of Grabien is supposed to be showing. Warning for offensive language.
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) October 18, 2019
According to multiple accounts there were 5,532 people at O’Rourke’s rally.
But at the Trump rally, the American Airlines arena was packed, at 20,000 capacity with thousands more outside in overflow areas. Pretty massive crowd.
— Phyllis Galvan- McGeath (@USMARINEMOMx4) October 18, 2019
— Chanel Rion OAN (@ChanelRion) October 18, 2019
BETO: Trump is not welcome in Texas!
— ForAmerica (@ForAmerica) October 18, 2019
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) October 18, 2019
Thousands outside American Airlines Center watching President Trump rally on screens outside stadium in downtown Dallas. Arena at capacity. pic.twitter.com/P29Rofwm86
— Bryan Llenas (@BryanLlenas) October 18, 2019
It wasn’t even close.