Armed Fulton County Sheriff’s deputies approached former Florida Republican House candidate Laura Loomer and shut down her Thursday morning rally in support of President Donald J. Trump in front of the county jail, where the president was expected to appear for his booking for the charges in the Aug. 15 indictment.
“The rally was scheduled for 10 o’clock,” said Loomer in a Twitter Spaces hosted by your Maine Wire correspondent. “So, 9:45, all these cops and masks came over, and they came over with their guns.”
Loomer said the deputies were in full battle-rattle.
“Not just the regular guns, but additional weaponry as well, like a form of physical intimidation to shut it down,” said Loomer, who led hundreds of Trump supporters in front of Miami’s Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. federal courthouse during the president’s June 13 arraignment on charges stemming from the federal raid on Mar-a-Lago.
The Miami rally was a huge success, she said.
“Police allowed us to have the rally in front of the courthouse,” she said. “It was very successful. You don’t need to have a permit here to stand outside of the jail on public property.”
The former House candidate said she is convinced Fulton County District Attorney Willis was behind the deputies’ actions. “You have a district attorney here who is now violating people’s First Amendment rights on public property outside of the jail, preventing them from having a rally.”
Loomer said the deputies also put barricades on the grounds, preventing Trump supporters from gathering together for the rally.
“They didn’t have the barricades from yesterday when the same media were here,” she said.
“It’s only today because President Trump is coming here, and he posted the rally flyer I made on his Truth Social feed,” Loomer said.
“We were supposed to have thousands of people here today, and unfortunately, these barricades and all of the police vehicles and vans that are blocking the entrance, has that prevented that from happening,” she said.
“The same area was open for people to film and report, walk around, and take photos of video yesterday, but now they’re putting barricades up, switching everybody so that there’s absolutely no room whatsoever?” he said. “It’s just ridiculous.”
Trump was expected to turn himself in before noon, but as the day dragged on, there was no word until Trump campaign comms director Jason Miller posted on X that Trump Force One was going wheels up shortly after 5 p.m. in the East.
“It’s just another example of how our First Amendment rights are under attack and assault. That’s what this is all about, right?” she said.
They’re trying to criminalize people for saying our election was stolen,” said Loomer, who has worked as an independent journalist and an undercover journalist for Project Veritas.
Loomer said she and her supporters had the same rights that everyone at the grounds outside the jail compound—including the dozens of media outlets scattered about.
Loomer confronts man who jumped in front of Trump’s Miami motorcade
Leftwing protester Domenic Santana, a man dressed in a prisoner-striped costume, had a confrontation with Loomer in front of the county jail.
“He’s a paid instigator,” she said. “We can’t allow these leftist DNC operatives to come and try to instigate violence and then blame it on Trump supporters when the entire media is here.”
Loomer said Santana was putting his hands on her and other Trump supporters within earshot of Santana, whose response was that the contact was not intentional.
Santana was also at the Miami arraignment, where he also walked around holding a “Lock Him Out” sign, seeking attention from the people working in the media tents and provoking Trump supporters.
The cosplay convict made international headlines when he jumped in front of the president’s motorcade leaving the Ferguson courthouse. The following day, Santana was released, and he was interviewed by Miami NBC6 reporter Julie Bagg there.
Bagg: “I asked him if he would step out in front of the Trump motorcade again. He told me: ‘Absolutely.’”
This time, in front of the Fulton County Jail, Loomer said she was confused that Santana was allowed near the jail.
“The guy’s a lunatic,” she said.
“He shouldn’t be anywhere near these arraignments. I’m surprised he’s even allowed here after he was tackled by Secret Service in Miami,” she said. “He shouldn’t even be allowed anywhere near President Trump today.”
Fulton County Sheriff’s deputies threaten to tow cars near the jail
Independent journalist and Twitter Spaces host Mark Naughton said between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., deputies passed the word through the crowd that they would start towing vehicles parked in an area now restricted. This created a panic as people rushed to move their cars, and the traffic jam lent itself to the day’s frustration.
Naughton said people could not even get to their cars because of the confusion created by the towing announcement.
“Fact is that everybody that has to move their cars, maybe either I did it right when I parked far away in the woods,” he said.
“My car is about a half mile away,” said the Air Force veteran. “I think I’m not moving, but it forced the majority of this crowd to go and see far out.”