Robert de los Santos came with his wife and two children to see Trump arrive in McAllen. When the president visited two years ago, Robert was on the tarmac to snap a close-up picture.

“He will still be an influence because we want politicians who will follow what he started,” said Robert.

It might be that it’s another candidate, more palatable to the mainstream than Trump, Robert said, that could adopt his agenda and seize the Republican ticket in the 2024 presidential election. That would be fine with him.

“This movement doesn’t just go away,” said Robert’s neighbour Victoria Oates. “We accept, dragging our feet, that he lost but all these people feel just as strongly as they ever have.”