Supporters appearing on a livestream prior to former President Donald Trump‘s Saturday rally in Pennsylvania affirmed their continued support for him amid his mounting woes.
The livestream was hosted on the YouTube page of the conservative Right Side Broadcasting Network (RSBN), which interviewed supporters outside Trump’s rally in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. It also prominently featured controversial Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Georgia Republican, who is a staunch Trump ally.
Hosts from RSBN interviewed a member of the “Bikers for Trump” group who was carrying a large American flag who called Trump “the greatest president in the history of our nation ever.” Numerous members of the group were in attendance along with their motorcycles.
“We’re with you, we didn’t forget you,” the man said when asked about his message for the former president. “We’re gonna keep fighting, and hopefully he runs again so we can reelect the greatest president ever.”
Soon after that comment, the man was joined on camera by another man dressed in Revolutionary War-era clothing. True to his costume, the man asserted that “it’s 1776” again, echoing a common refrain among Trump supporters.
As a major swing state in presidential elections, Pennsylvania has received considerable attention from Trump and the GOP heading into this year’s midterms. The ex-president has endorsed Doug Mastriano for state governor and Dr. Mehmet Oz for the U.S. Senate. Both candidates are facing steep competition from their Democratic opponents, Josh Shapiro and John Fetterman, respectively.
Ron Filipskowski, a prominent left-leaning pundit and former federal prosecutor, took to Twitter on Saturday to share other moments from the livestream. At one point, Greene called President Joe Biden‘s recent anti-MAGA speech a “dog whistle for violence against me.”
Biden took aim at Trump and his supporters during a speech in Philadelphia on Thursday about the “battle for the soul of the nation.” During the fiery speech, he condemned what he views as anti-Democratic posturing from the Republican Party. He blasted them for attacking the integrity of the 2020 presidential election, opposing abortion rights, and trying “to take this country backwards.” Many in the GOP have condemned the speech, as Biden faces accusations of being partisan and divisive.
Meanwhile, a woman who was interviewed said she camped out at the venue for five days in order to get the best seats at the rally.
On the conservative network, Real America’s Voice, hosts outside the rally spoke with a supporter who thanked former Trump adviser Steve Bannon for doing “real journalism.” The network notably gave Bannon a platform after he was barred from mainstream outlets like YouTube and Twitter.
“Steve, I just want to thank you,” the woman said. “We’re so thankful for real American news…real journalism.”
Trump has recently faced escalating legal troubles, from the continued investigation by the House select committee investigating last year’s Capitol riot to the FBI‘s search of his Mar-a-Lago residence in early August over top secret documents he took from the White House. The former president has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing in regard to the documents, including by saying that any classified documents that he took had been declassified.
During an appearance on MSNBC on Saturday morning, his niece, Mary Trump, said that the former president would continue to incite political violence from his supporters in the face of his continued woes.