The Santa Ana Star Center where President Donald Trump held a campaign rally on Sept. 16 was packed, so thousands of people had to watch his speech on a large screen outside the venue in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.
President Trump shared pictures shot at the event showing the center, a multi-purpose arena with a maximum capacity of 7,500, was full.
A photo shows a huge crowd of people was gathered outside in the overflow area.
City of Rio Rancho told local news KRQE earlier on Monday that they expected 12,000 to 15,000 to join the the rally.
It’s getting harder to upload photos and video out here as more people get to the @POTUS rally in Rio Rancho. City of Rio Rancho expects 12 to 15 thousand for the rally. So far, a handful of protestors are across the street from the lines to get in.
— Chris McKee (@ChrisMcKeeTV) September 16, 2019
So many people showed up at the rally that the city had to announce the closure of the arena’s parking lots.
Santa Ana Star Center parking update: Parking lots are at capacity and closed. There is no parking in or along roadways. #saferr2019
— Rio Rancho, NM (@RioRanchoNM) September 16, 2019
Several hours before the rally began, many people stood in line around the Santa Ana Star Center building.
The Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh shared a photo, saying “Before 6:00 AM in Rio Rancho outside Albuquerque, and a mile-long line of traffic headed to @realDonaldTrump rally tonight.”
Tim Murtaugh also shared a video indicating the overflow crowd watching President Trump’s speech on the big screen outside the center.
This is the overflow crowd watching @realDonaldTrump’s speech on the big screen outside.
Rally in Rio Rancho, NM is crazy! pic.twitter.com/qrCNfwvjMi
— Tim Murtaugh (@TimMurtaugh) September 17, 2019
During his speech, President Trump told New Mexico voters: “If you want to stop the drug smugglers, human traffickers, and vicious MS-13 gang members from threatening our communities and poisoning our youth, you have only one choice—you must elect more REPUBLICANS!”