Anti-Trump Network Forced To Address Size, Implications Of Trump NY Rally

CNN’s Kristen Holmes found herself taken aback by the size and diversity of the crowd gathered at former President Donald Trump’s rally in the Bronx, acknowledging the unexpected surge of support in what she described as “one of the bluest counties in the entire country.”

During a segment with notoriously anti-Trump CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, Holmes expressed her initial uncertainty about the rally’s turnout, given its location in a traditionally Democratic stronghold. However, she admitted being surprised by the significant number of Bronx residents in attendance, a departure from her experiences covering previous Trump rallies.

Holmes noted, “Certainly a bigger crowd than I think Democrats would like to see,” emphasizing the rally’s significance in a deeply Democratic area.

Despite differing opinions among Bronx residents, Holmes revealed that a considerable portion of the crowd comprised former Biden supporters disenchanted with the current state of affairs, particularly regarding the economy. This sentiment reflects a broader trend of disillusionment driving some voters towards alternative political options.

While some Bronx residents expressed opposition to Trump’s presence, Holmes highlighted the presence of former Biden supporters who had shifted their allegiance. She remarked, “You had people saying he doesn’t belong here,” but also noted, “there were a lot of people here that were actually from the Bronx.”

Trump’s campaign estimated the crowd size to be around 25,000, a stark contrast to the anticipated 3,500 attendees. The diverse makeup of the audience, consisting of individuals from various ethnic backgrounds and regions, challenges preconceived notions about Trump’s support base.

Despite facing criticism from political adversaries like New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D), who called the rallygoers “clowns,” and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Trump’s rally proceeded smoothly, allowing him to address key issues relevant to New York voters, including infrastructure and job creation.

The rally’s location in the Bronx signifies Trump’s strategic efforts to expand his appeal among traditionally Democratic constituencies, particularly Black and Hispanic voters. While New York has historically favored Democratic candidates, Trump’s growing support suggests a shifting political landscape ahead of future elections.