As gates open at Trump rally in Conroe, line of waiting cars stretches for a mile

As gates open at Trump rally in Conroe, line of waiting cars stretches for a mile

Politics // Texas Politics


Thousands packed the Montgomery County Fairgrounds hours before the doors opened for former President Donald Trump’s first Texas MAGA rally since 2019.

Nearly everyone was waiting in line for something: Fried food, Trump merchandise, bathrooms or the security line to get in. The masses sporadically broke out in whoops or “Let’s go Brandon” chants. The line of cars waiting to turn into the lot stretched nearly a mile.

The outfits would have looked at home at a large music festival. People wore bright colors such as American flag jumpsuits and neon cowboy hats.

The crowd is mostly but not exclusively white, made up of people of all ages. Whole families walked together, hand-in-hand.

Enterprising locals sold T-shirts and flags from campers on the grounds. Prices listed say they are selling for $20 each; hoodies for $28.

Many displayed political slogans or expletives against President Joe Biden. A Confederate flag flown up high waved near the entrance.

“All I Do Is Win” by DJ Khalid played loud from the stage, set up hundreds of yards away from the tailgate area. The playlist was mostly country rock with some ‘80s hits.

edward.mckinley@chron.com