Trump’s Muslim/Immigration ban sparked protests across the country and worldwide. The Washington Post reported that legal action against Trump had gained momentum. The move to nullify it had the backing from former national security officials, Silicon Valley tech companies, over 280 law professors, as well as a host of civil liberties and other organizations.
Not to be outdone, a pro-Trump rally took place in Portland, Maine on Saturday, drawing media coverage, though not for reasons the participants anticipated.
Footage of the rally to support Trump’s ban is making news for becoming one of the most pitiful turnouts for any Trump rally, with a count of eight people total. The event at Monument Square was organized by a man named William Hall.
— Bill McKibben (@billmckibben) February 5, 2017
Local CBS affiliate WGME quoted Hall as saying: “We need to do better background checks on immigrants coming into this country. We have borders for a reason. Having open borders is like having a home without walls, plain and simple.”
Trump supporter Doug Prevost added: “I’m just kind of letting you know there’s another side to the story. Letting people know [Trump] has an awful lot of backers behind him.”
A group also formed at Monument Square to protest the Muslim/immigration ban. Judging by this Tweet from Gabe Ortíz, the difference in crowd sizes was considerable:
— Gabe Ortíz (@TUSK81) February 5, 2017
— KOMO News (@komonews) February 6, 2017
And a Trumped-up version created to show “alternative facts”:
Trump releases REAL photo of the huge crowd at his support rally in Portland, Maine. pic.twitter.com/Uy1UrKvrGo
— Chris Espiritu (@MrEspiritu) February 6, 2017
Eight people showed up for a Trump rally in Portland, Maine.
Not eight thousand.
Not eight million.
— John Sheirer (@RealAmericanLib) February 6, 2017
Considering the sizable crowd at the Trump rally in Portland August, 2016, it appears that the popularity of this Muslim ban was virtually non-existent by comparison.
See both rallies below: