Fascists and conspiracy theorists were not fringe figures among this massive crowd of Trump supporters, but represented a large segment of the people, offering up a sobering look at the voting base the GOP has cultivated for itself. It's why so many people in Orlando, a decidedly liberal city, never wanted this rally here at all.
Among those who traveled from afar to the rally were the followers of the unhinged pro-Trump conspiracy theory surrounding QAnon.
QAnon, or simply "Q," is an anonymous poster on various online message boards, namely 8chan, who claims to be a government employee with high-level security clearance. Followers of Q believe, among many other things, that this anonymous poster is working with the Trump administration to mass arrest the president's political opponents for running a global pedophile ring.
Lori Bray, a retired schoolteacher from Ocala, Florida, wore a QAnon T-shirt to the rally.
"I believe there's a lot of witchcraft and evil things going on," she said of those deep state actors that she believes Q will one day expose.
"A lot of people involved in child pornography and the sale of children -- not just children, but other people too," Bray said. "And I believe that they've been trying to destroy our country for a long time. They've been trying to bring down America so that we will become part of the one-world government, trying to weaken us."