President Trump Announces Independence Day Rally in Pickens, South Carolina on July 1st

by J Pelkey
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According to both Pickens city officials and the Trump campaign, President Trump is scheduled to address the Main Street Fourth of July celebration taking place in Pickens, South Carolina, on Saturday, July 1st. Pickens is situated in the northwestern region of the state, known as the “upcountry,” and had a population of 3,371 as of 2021.

According to The Post and Courier, Pickens is described as an area that is extremely pro-Trump:

The campaign stop will put the former president in the friendliest political territory he can find in South Carolina, in the northwest corner of the Upstate.

While Trump won South Carolina in both 2016 and 2020, his margin of victory was the greatest in Pickens County.

In 2016, Trump clobbered Democrat Hillary Clinton there by 53 points. In 2020, voters in Pickens County again overwhelmingly picked Trump, where returns show he trounced Democrat Joe Biden by 51 points.

The campaign backdrop — a small, city-sanctioned July Fourth celebration along the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains — will be a departure from Trump’s large, stadium-style rallies. But due to its geographic location, the event could easily pull supporters from neighboring Southern states.

Statement from the city of Pickens:

President Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America, will celebrate Independence Day and deliver remarks to first-in-the-South voters, along with state lawmakers and other special guests in the City of Pickens, South Carolina on Saturday, July 1, 2023 11:30 am – 2:00 pm.

Although not mentioned in the schedule, President Trump invited the Rushingbrook Children’s Choir to sing at his next South Carolina rally after their National Anthem performance was interrupted by the U.S. Capitol Police. The choir is based in Greenville, which is located nearby.

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