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Trump supporters arrive and camp ahead of Saturday’s rally in Johnston County

SELMA, NC (WNCN) — Hundreds of people are expected to head to North Carolina this weekend as former President Donald Trump is set to host his “Save America Rally” supporting candidates in the upcoming 2022 election.

The event is scheduled to take place at The Farm at 95 in Johnston County, where doors are scheduled to open at 2 p.m. CBS 17 spoke to Trump supporters who have traveled from across the country to hear him speak.

Supporters like Mike Boatman decided to camp across the street from the venue to beat the crowd and catch a glimpse of the former commander-in-chief.

“This is my 33rd rally and just to be first in line and maybe get a front row seat and be close to Trump,” he said.

This event is expected to draw hundreds of people to the Johnston County area. Some travelers flew in, others even drove in from Florida.

“It’s really important that we try to line up to at least be the first 50 in line so we can kind of get in the rally and get on the chairs and we can get a little bit closer to Trump,” Pam Lathrope said .

She and friend Debbie Jarvis drove more than seven hours to attend this rally.

“I’d love to hear what they’re talking about and I’d love to see the candidates who support Trump and hear what they have to say,” Debbie Jarvis said.

Someone who may be the youngest and smallest Trump supporter spoke about the experience of camping in a car.”

“The car is really uncomfortable if you don’t have pillows and blankets… and it’s cold,” said Oliva Odom.

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Amy Le and her husband Covan Nguyen flew in from San Diego, California just to attend the rally, which they say is one of a kind.

“We came from a communist country, so we know what communism is like. What we are seeing is not just the practice of communism on us. What they are doing right now is imposing communism on us,” Le said.

She and her husband moved from Vietnam years ago.

“We stand up and always support it so that people can see it and say it and all people can work it out together. But most Trump rallies are very peaceful and friendly,” Nguyen said.

Trump is expected to speak about his support for Rep. Ted Budd’s run for the US Senate, replacing retiring Senator Richard Burr.

Others hope for a different result.

“Maybe he’ll announce he’s going to walk, but I doubt it because it’s after midterms, but maybe he’ll announce it,” said Mike Boatman.

While doors open at 2pm, drivers are expected to arrive early to find seating and parking. The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office will lead crowd control efforts, and the NC Highway Patrol will be in charge of traffic.

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DUSTIN JONES

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