Trump campaign official: 25 percent of rally attendees are Democrats or independents


A campaign official for President Trump’s 2020 campaign said Tuesday that roughly a quarter of those who attend his rallies identify as either a Democrat or an independent voter.

“That means these people — 25 percent of the people who are attending these rallies are disaffected voters, people who don’t feel like they’ve been part of the process for a long time,” Tim Murtaugh, the communications director of Trump’s reelection team, told Hill.TV during an appearance on “Rising.” 

“This is not the president speaking only to his base — that’s a common misconception,” he added.

Murtaugh’s comments come less than a week after Trump held a rally in Louisiana in support of Republican Eddie Rispone, who is running a close race against Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards in the state’s runoff gubernatorial election this Saturday.

Trump also used Wednesday’s rally in Louisiana as an opportunity to rail against the Democratic-led impeachment inquiry in the House.

“It’s all a hoax. It’s a scam,” Trump told a cheering crowd at the Monroe Civic Center.

Democrats are currently looking at whether Trump used military aid or the promise of a White House meeting in an attempt to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate his political rivals.

—Tess Bonn

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