Thousands of supporters come to Waco for first MAGA rally of 2024 campaign

Trump Waco Rally
Posted at 4:53 PM, Mar 26, 2023
and last updated 2023-03-26 20:53:00-04

Editor's note: A previous version of this story attributed crowd totals of approximately 18,000 people to the Waco police department. Although Waco P.D. had officers providing security for the former president's rally, the department has asked 25 News to retract attribution for the count due to any perceived connection to the Trump campaign or the event itself. 25 News has agreed to amend the information in the article.

Thousands of people came out Saturday to hear a lengthy campaign speech from former President Donald Trump, who chose Waco as the first stop in his 2024 Make America Great campaign.

The crowd of ardent supporters came out in mass, and after hours of waiting – that Boeing 757 known in the former president's camp as "Trump Force One" appeared overhead before touching down just before 6 p.m.

"A big hello to Texas," the 45th president said to the crowd gathered on a tarmac at Waco Regional Airport. "We have tremendous victories in Texas.”

Former President Trump discussing what you'd expect: the border, President Biden, China, energy, Russia and Ukraine, federal investigations, and more.

“Stealing. Lying. They’re good at keeping borders open and no voter I.D.,” former President Trump said.

It was a 90-minute talk with all of the fervor and emotion Trump's base came to see, which painted the former president under multiple investigations in a favorable light.

“We will make America safe again and we will make America great again," former President Trump said. "Thank you Texas!”

The man vying to get back in the White House has officially launched his 2024 bid with rally number one in the books from Central Texas.