People who attended former President Donald Trump's rally in Arizona–his first since his failed reelection bid–reportedly ended up “peeing their pants” due to difficulties leaving the event venue once the rally had concluded.
Many who attempted to leave found that they could not until Trump left and a report from The Arizona Republic alleges that ”many people leaving the venue had to wait more than an hour before they could exit the dirt parking lots and get on the road.”
A TikToker who goes by the username @special_head interviewed people who were waiting in the parking lot. These included a man who yelled that the Secret Service, tasked with providing Trump and his family with protection, "can go f*ck themselves" and a woman who likened the situation to "false imprisonment."
You can hear what they said in the viral video below.
Reply to @candissullivan How long can u be in Denial? As Commoners at Florence AZ #trumprallyfail #arizonatrumprally #trumpsupportersbelike #karen
According to the woman, who wore a red vest with a USA pin on the lapel, she had never had “freedom restricted like this” before:
"And of all places for it happen. My first Trump rally. This is false imprisonment… They’re treating us like commoners. Let all the VIPs go first, and who cares about the little people.”
Another video, featuring the same woman, included the claim that rally attendees had "peed their pants" after waiting for more than two hours in the parking lot.
Florence Arizona Trump Rally was a disaster. They still exist #aztrumprally #trumpsupportersbelike #karensoftiktok #trumpsupporterscrying #trumpers
The videos soon went viral and the Trump rally drew significant mockery for being so poorly organized. The woman's claims about freedom being "restricted" were also skewered.
Trump used the rally as an opportunity to spread more conspiracy theories about the integrity of the 2020 general election and every speaker who took the stage that evening falsely asserted that the election in the state of Arizona had been compromised.
The myth continues to thrive despite the fact that an audit commissioned and produced by Trump's supporters ended up showing that he actually received 261 fewer votes, undermining his claims that the results had been rigged to favor then-candidate Joe Biden, who ultimately and decisively won the election.