The organizers of the “We the People Reunion” — a right-wing rally that took place in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky on Friday night — were expecting as many as 10,ooo people to show up to listen to a bevy of conspiracy theorists who still implausibly believe that the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump, despite all the evidence to the contrary.
With a lineup of Trumpian luminaries ranging from the self-appointed election fraud specialist, MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, the former national security advisor and admitted seditious liar Michael Flynn, noted African-American right-wing troll Candace Owens, and Pastor Greg Locke, one of the insurrectionists who invaded the Capitol on January 6th, the “We the People Reunion” was touted as a MAGA Woodstock for Kentuckians who still unbelievably support the twice impeached former president.
Held at the Muhlenberg County Agriculture and Convention Center, in Powderly, Kentucky in the southwest portion of the state, just a couple of hours away from both Louisville and from Nashville, Tennessee, the event had a large population of prospective attendees from two of the most reliably red states in the country.
For all of the high hopes of the rally’s organizers, when the 14-News video crew from the local NBC affiliate WFIE arrived at the convention center, they found less than 300 people in attendance.
The news crew was allowed to shoot some footage in the venue’s parking lot, but were later asked to leave the premises and were denied their requests to interview local leaders and event organizers.
The only people who would speak to the 14-News crew were a group of local women who opposed the “We the People Reunion” rally because they felt that it was dangerous to hold such a large public event while the Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus was still spreading wildly.
“People are getting sick and they’re dying,” Powderly resident Rhonda Wood said in an interview with the local TV outlet. “Friends of ours, people we know, and we haven’t been able to stop it. We’ve tried, we’ve pleaded, we’ve sent requests – done whatever we could.”
The event continued through the weekend and total attendance figures were still unavailable at press time, but the paltry crowd on the initial night of the rally could be due to several reasons.
Either the fear of contracting COVID is finally being taken seriously by residents of Kentucky, which currently has the third highest rate of infections in the country, and Tennessee, which holds the dubious distinction of being in the number one position, or the enthusiasm for Trump’s phony stolen election claims is finally waning after nine months of the fait accompli of the Biden presidency.
Hopefully, the failure of this latest right-wing rally to attract a sizable crowd means that we’ll have to endure fewer of these super spreader events in the near future, although the lack of an immediately receptive audience has never stopped the wealthy manipulators of conservative politics from continuing to ply their noxious views in the past, so don’t get your hopes up too high.
You can watch a news report on the event from WFIE 14-News at this link.
Original reporting by Brady Williams at WFIE-TV.
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