A small group of President Donald Trump’s most loyal supporters turned out for a Tarmac rally in Tampa, Florida, Friday afternoon.
Video from the event showed a tiny crowd standing shoulder-to-shoulder, many flouting social distancing and face mask guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
NowThis shared a wide-shot from the event showing row after empty row of guard rails behind the anemic crowd.
A wider shot shows more Trump supporters bunched at the front of empty rows of guard rails pic.twitter.com/Y94uBWVFqu
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) July 31, 2020
Twitter users were quick to mock the low-turnout rally.
“Florida death cult at tarmac for Trump,” joked one Twitter user.
Florida death cult at tarmac for Trump https://t.co/OvF9iyG5Gr
— Daniel Uhlfelder (@DWUhlfelderLaw) July 31, 2020
— WhinoDon (@DonWhino) July 31, 2020
You could fit the entire crowd on Air Force One. The Trump era is coming to an end. https://t.co/c8rtjYU4a3
— Mark Elliott (@markmobility) July 31, 2020
As Trump spoke to the crowd, the state of Florida reported 257 new COVID-19 related deaths on Friday, marking the fourth day in a row that the state has reported a record number of deaths due to the coronavirus.
The state reported 186 new COVID-19 related deaths on Tuesday, 216 on Wednesday, and 253 on Thursday, according to the state’s department of health. In total, 6,843 Florida residents have died from COVID-19.
The state reported 8,983 new cases on Friday, and has identified a total of 470,386 cases. According to data collected by Johns Hopkins University, Florida follows only Sao Paulo, Brazil, and the state of California for the most confirmed cases in any province, state or dependency in the world.