Trump takes over small city in South Carolina show of force

July 02, 2023

It was a sharp contrast from the event DeSantis held in South Carolina last week — a more subdued affair where he took questions in a North Augusta community center. The line to enter snaked through the city center Saturday as the entrepreneurial-minded hawked camping chairs, bottled water and hot dogs. Pickens County supported Trump more than any other part of South Carolina in the 2020 election, with nearly 75 percent of the vote going to Trump. And unlike the other early states — where Trump is also dominating in polling — South Carolina is one in which the former president has robust establishment support. Ford said he isn’t upset, calling the rally a “historic event for our little city.”It was also a major disruption.