A number of Donald Trump convoys have taken place across the country over the weekend—including a large “Red Wave Convoy” of vehicles driving through Minnesota, which the president’s supporters hope is proof that the state will vote for a Republican for the first time since 1972.
The caravan of vehicles displaying Trump flags took part in the event in Minnesota on Saturday to show support for the president ahead of November’s election.
A video of the convoy, which more than 2,000 people expressed an interest in participating in on its Facebook page, was posted online as it made its way southbound on Interstate 494.
The clip was also tweeted out by Kyle Martinsen, who lists his job title as a war room analyst for Trump’s re-election campaign.
“Yesterday’s Trump car parade in Minnesota was HUGE,” Martinsen tweeted. “@realDonaldTrump will win Minnesota!”
The clip has since been viewed more than 250,000 times on social media.
Yesterdayâs Trump car parade in Minnesota was HUGEððºð¸@realDonaldTrump will win Minnesota!
— Kyle Martinsen (@KyleMartinsen_) October 11, 2020
Clips of the cars and SUVs taking part in the convoy have also emerged on YouTube and social media.
“THANK YOU! To everyone who participated in the Red Wave Convoy and The Red Wave Party. It was a great success and couldn’t have been done without you,” Minnesota Conservatives, one of the groups who organized the event, posted on Facebook. “Make Minnesota Great Again!”
Similar Trump convoys have also taken place in New Jersey and Florida in recent days.
More than 1,200 vehicles and more than 3,000 people also participated in a rally in Texas on Sunday, KBTX-TV reported.
Last Sunday, hundreds of supporters chanting “four more years” blocked traffic in the Manhattan area of New York to show support for the president outside his Trump Tower.
The Minnesota State Patrol has been contacted for comment.
Minnesota is one of the states that Trump will be hoping to flip in November, having lost out to Democratic presidential candidate Hilary Clinton by just 1.5 percent in 2016.
Clinton’s victory was the 11th straight time Minnesota has backed a Democratic candidate, with Richard Nixon in 1972 being the last time it voted for a Republican.
In the 1984 election, Minnesota was the only state to vote blue after narrowly backing hometown senator Walter Mondale over Ronald Reagan, who won the vote nationally in a huge landslide.
Mondale’s 0.2 percent margin of victory against Reagan was the closest in Minnesota’s history, with Clinton’s 2016 victory becoming the second closest.
TRUMP PARADE IN BCS: The nearly one-hour long parade had 1300 vehicles and more than 3,000 participants that went through Bryan and College Station.
If you missed it, we have it streamed here on our web page –> https://t.co/ZL8kF3EO8H pic.twitter.com/mRtisoBFGN
— Rusty Surette (@KBTXRusty) October 11, 2020
The convoys are similar to the “Trumptilla” boat parades which have gained national attention in recent months.
Some parades, including one on Georgia’s Lake Lanier in September, have claimed to be the largest ever after thousands took part.
The Guinness World Records said they do not consider “politically motivated” events for official records.
“Guinness World Records is an apolitical organization, determined to protect the integrity of our records by remaining politically neutral,” a spokesperson told Newsweek.
“Therefore, we do not accept record applications which we consider to be politically motivated or are looking to promote a political agenda.”
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