Fact Check

Did Trump Supporters Leave Trash Behind After '45 Fest'?

If there's one common denominator of festivals, tailgates, and rallies, it's trash.

Published June 20, 2019

ORLANDO, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - JUNE 18: Supporters of President Donald Trump wait in line to enter for 45 Fest, a festival organized to celebrate President Trumps official 2020 campaign  announcement in Orlando, Florida, USA on June 18, 2019. (Photo by Zack Wittman for The Washington Post via Getty Images (Jack Wittman / Getty Images)
Image Via Jack Wittman / Getty Images
A video shows piles of garbage left behind after U.S. President Donald Trump's June 2019 rally in Orlando, Fla.

A surprisingly well-populated genre of internet rumor deals with photographs and videos supposedly showing trash left behind after major public events, such as a parade, concert, or political rally. On 19 June 2019, we came across yet another piece of media that supposedly showed lawn chairs, coolers, and garbage littered across a field outside of the Amway Center in Orlando, Fla., where U.S. President Donald Trump had kicked off his 2020 presidential campaign the night before:

Before Trump took the stage to officially kick off his 2020 campaign, his supporters gathered outside of the center for a "45 Fest." The all-day tailgate featured live music, food trucks, rain, and plenty of Trump memorabilia. When it was time for the crowd to move inside for Trump's speech, many attendees left their chairs, and trash, outside on the lawn, as Orlando TV station WOFL reported:

They came, they partied, they left a mess. Downtown Orlando is slowly getting back to normal, after President Donald Trump’s visit on Tuesday evening to officially launch his 2020 re-election bid.

It’s time to take out the trash downtown. After Tuesday night’s party, downtown is feeling a bit hungover but many are happy about the money they brought in at the the "45 Fest" party.

Lots of items and trash were left behind. The city says it’s up to the Trump campaign to take out the trash and pay for it. Meanwhile, businesses nearby felt the effects of the rally Tuesday night.

Much of the footage in the above-displayed video can be seen in local news reports about the event. A small gallery of photographs of the items left behind after the rally can also be viewed on Orlando Sentinel.

A video report from WOFL can be viewed below:

One should note a major cleanup is almost always required after a large public gathering. WESH-TV in Orlando reported that Orlando's contract with Trump's campaign stipulated that the city would be responsible for all clean-up after the event, but that Trump's campaign would be responsible for the bill.


Concha, Joe.   "Trump 2020 Kickoff Rally Delivers Nearly 5M Viewers for Fox News."     The Hill.   20 June 2019.

Lara Greenberg.   "After Trump Rally, Comes the Clean-Up."     WOFL-TV.   19 June 2019.

Orlando Sentinel.   "Pictures: Cleanup at Camp Trump Outside Amway Center."     19 June 2019.

WESH-TV   "President Trump Announces Re-Election Bid at Orlando Rally."     19 June 2019.

Dan Evon is a former writer for Snopes.