Attendance at a Thursday rally headlined by Donald Trump Jr. was so poor that organizers encouraged people to leave their seats and huddle closer to the stage.
The president’s eldest son and his partner Kimberley Guilfoyle were rallying at Pikeville in support of Kentucky’s Gov. Matt Bevin’s re-election bid, reports Newsweek.
According to WFPL reporter Ryland Barton, the event was “sparsely-attended” and “organizers have asked the audience to move out of the seats and closer to the stage.”
WFPL reported that an estimated 200 people showed up for the event held at the Appalachian Wireless Arena, which has a maximum capacity of 7,000.
The Lexington Herald-Leader described the arena as “mostly empty” during the rally.
Organizers have asked the audience to move out of the seats and closer to the stage ahead of Trump Jr/ Gov. Bevin event in Pikeville.
I think it's fair to say this is sparsely attended. pic.twitter.com/JghTohDROS
— Ryland Barton (@RylandKY) August 29, 2019
“The CEO of your state is up for election in about seven weeks…we opened up a plant today opening up 350 jobs in a place that needed it,” Trump Jr. told the rally, WYMT reported.
“He is your chief marketing officer, he is your chief executive officer, he is selling Eastern Kentucky and bringing jobs here. He’s the local extension of what my father is trying to do for the country.
“We need to make sure we have other people with that same mindset, again other people who don’t need the job but want the job because they want to step up and fight for you.”
“Grateful to @DonaldJTrumpJr & @kimguilfoyle for the generosity of their time today as we celebrated all the great progress we are making in KY. McCreary, Perry, Pike and Kenton counties. More crowds & more money raised today than our opponent will see this month,” Bevin tweeted after Trump Jr.’s visit.
“Matt Bevin’s small and poorly attended political event will do nothing to make the families of Eastern Kentucky forget how he’s attacked public education, ripped away health care, and insulted teachers,” Sam Newton, a spokesperson for Andy Beshear, the Democratic candidate for Kentucky governor, said in a statement to WFPL.