Trump Jr. speaks to a mostly empty crowd today in Kentucky after few show up
The "memorable turnout" that locals were expecting with Donald Trump Jr. in Eastern Kentucky today was a total flop.
The president's son flew down to try and draw up support for Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, who is currently experiencing some rather low polling numbers right now.
The turnout was so bad, that people were forced to move closer to the stage for a better photo-op.
“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,” wrote Ryland Barton, a statehouse reporter for Kentucky Public Radio. “I think it’s fair to say this is sparsely attended.”
Gov. Bevin is one of the least popular governors in the country, and being an ally of President Trumps doesn't seem to be helping him right now.
Nancy Cade, Davenport Distinguished Professor of History and Political Science, said that turnout is extremely important in the area:
"The Bevin campaign and the Trump campaign for 2020 realize that Eastern Kentucky is extremely important to carry Kentucky and keeping Kentucky red," Cade said.
We looked for video of the event but the organizers didn't release anything. At least, we couldn't find it if they did. We wonder why.
Here's another photo:
Trump Jr.'s task was to try and communicate with registered Democrats who swung over party lines to vote for Trump the last election.
“Bevin is selling Kentucky and bringing jobs here,” Trump Jr. said.
The area has been ravaged economically by a decline of coal production and they see Trump as their savior, trying to bring back "clean coal" whatever that means. Popular Science has debunked the term after Trump has touted it many times.