The rally in the Wildwood, New Jersey, on Tuesday night, Jan. 28, was historic for the Trump campaign, not only as it garnered more requests for tickets than any prior rally, but also for the identity of the attendees.
Trump’s campaign manager Brad Parscale posted the figures polling the audience at the rally, and it showed the president is attracting Democrats and the previously politically apathetic. “10.4% of attendees didn’t vote in 2016,” Parsale wrote in a tweet. And 26.3% were Democrats.
Wow! New Jersey Data:
✅ 158,632 Requested Tickets (92,841 distinct signups)
✅ 73,482 Voters Identified
✅ 10.4% Didn’t Vote in 2016
✅ 26.3% Democrats
Mind boggling. 🤯
— Brad Parscale – Text TRUMP to 88022 (@parscale) January 29, 2020
At the rally, Rep. Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey, who recently left the Democratic Party, and pledged his “undying support” for President Trump, was immediately embraced by Trump supporters as one of their own.
“They’re trying to steal that election,” the president said, “and Jeff had the guts to defy the left-wing fanatics in his own party and to stand tall in defense of our Constitution, our freedom and democracy itself.”
While New Jersey leans heavily Democrat, this audience composition continues a trend seen at recent rallies Trump has held in swing states.
At President Trump’s rally in Ohio, 42.5% of attendees identified as either Democrats or Independents. At his Wisconsin rally, the majority of attendees were not Republicans, with 57.8% identifying as Democrats or Independents.
During the rally, President Trump again mentioned the border wall, promised that Mexico would have to pay for it.
“Mexico is, in fact—you will soon find out—paying for the wall, OK?” President Trump claimed. “The wall is ultimately, and very nicely, being paid for by Mexico.”
President Trump then claimed the wall would help stop drug trafficking across the border.
“The wall is a vital barrier for blocking deadly drugs from pouring into these [border] communities,” he claimed. “What we’re doing is stopping drugs at a record number.”
Earlier this month, President Trump celebrated the legal victory after a federal appeals court turned over a lower court ruling on Jan. 8, allowing the Trump administration to transfer $3.6 billion in military construction funds to the southern border wall.