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Ten Trump rally outtakes

From “Heil Trump” to “A star is born,” ten of the bizarre highlights from Donald Trump’s Florida rally


 

From listening to Trump supporters hector media to watching a presidential arrival that belonged on a Hollywood soundstage, Anne Kingston shares 10 outtakes from Trump’s first campaign rally of the 2020 election—held a month into his presidency—in Melbourne, Fla.

1.Trump’s anti-media screed has proved emboldening
On Friday, the president tweeted that “fake news,” naming prominent mainstream outlets, was the “the enemy of the American people.” When media approached people waiting in line to enter the rally, they were asked “Who you with?,” before being subject to boos. When a journalist said “NBC,” he was booed. “Good luck with Megyn Kelly,” another man yelled, inciting a jeering crowd: “How many people want to boo Megyn Kelly right now.” The people from FOX Tampa got a cheer, but there was backlash against Fox host Shepard Smith who denounced Trump’s position on CNN as false. “He’s the next to go,”one man said. “CNN sucks, CNN sucks” was as popular a cheer as “USA, USA, USA.”  Another man approach by National Public Radio answered questions while berating the public broadcaster for receiving federal funds and being anti-Trump.

2. Trump as “Daddy”
Grown men in line repeatedly referred to Trump as a “grown-up:” “Finally, there’s an adult in the White House,” one said. More often it would be short-handed to “Daddy’s home” or “Daddy’s in charge now.”

As supporters vie for an angle to see Air Force One and US President Donald Trump, Antoinette Elegele stages her own silent protest during a rally at the Orlando Melbourne International Airport on February 18, 2017 in Melbourne, Florida. (Gregg Newton/AFP/Getty Images)

As supporters vie for an angle to see Air Force One and US President Donald Trump, Antoinette Elegele stages her own silent protest during a rally at the Orlando Melbourne International Airport on February 18, 2017 in Melbourne, Florida. (Gregg Newton/AFP/Getty Images)

3. Belief that anti-Trump protesters, even the women, are paid and violent
“People are being paid between $18 and $20 an hour to protest in California,” a young man told me.  When a group of women arrived in the protest area designated across from the airport wearing pink pussy hats, they were mocked: “Come get the hug your parents never gave you—not a rapey hug, a real hug,”one man yelled.

4. The ghost of Hillary remains: Even though Trump is president, his supporters can’t let it go
One was dressed in a “Deplorables for Trump” t-shirt holding a “Trump vs Tramp” “Hillary for Clinton” sign. Inside the rally, a man speaking before Trump’s arrival joked: “I can’t tell you how many attended the Trump inauguration, but I can tell you how many attended Hillary Clinton’s inauguration, and that’s all that matters.”

5. A man in line uttered “Heil Trump”
An older man in full Trump regalia made the comment, as if into thin air. No one around seemed to notice.

6. Trump supporters react swiftly to perceived injustice
As the line started to move into the hangar at 3 p.m., a few people tried to walk to the front. Those who’d waited for hours formed a human wall to block them. “The back of the line is behind us,” one man said, before scolding: “That’s not who we are.” There were also complaints that veterans were taking several people in to accompany them, beyond the one companion allowed. When a fleet of buses headed to the front door filled with well-dressed campaign insiders, one man muttered: “More people from the swamp that needs to be drained.”

People listen as President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the AeroMod International hangar at Orlando Melbourne International Airport on February 18, 2017 in Melbourne, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

People listen as President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the AeroMod International hangar at Orlando Melbourne International Airport on February 18, 2017 in Melbourne, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

7. Trump’s cheesy Hollywood entrance
Trump, a president not known for punctuality, worked the build-up; Air Force One landed next to the hangar at 5:30, 30 minutes after he was scheduled to begin. Presidential seals were affixed to the podium to Free’s ’90s hit “All Right Now.” That song was followed by Elton John’s “Candle in the Wind,” a song about Marilyn Monroe played by John at Princess Diana’s funeral (it was in constant rotation last year during the Trump campaign). Then, the plane pulled up to the hangar to the theme of 1997 Harrison Ford movie Air Force One. The plane’s doors remained closed for almost 15 minutes, summoning images of a bad flight where people are stuck on the plane, before Donald and Melania Trump appeared.

8. The surprise wife and surprise prayer
The announcement that Melania Trump was with her husband ignited the crowd. The first lady, wearing a red dress coordinated perfectly to the shade of MAGA baseball hats, proceeded the president to the podium where she recited the Lord’s Prayer, a clear appeal to Trump’s Christian base. Trump mouthed words intermittently while glancing up at the crowd before uttering the last lines—”For thine is the kingdom/The power, And the glory/ For ever and ever”—with gusto. When he thanked his wife, he said he had no idea she was going to lead the crowd in prayer.

President Donald Trump and Melania Trump stand together during a campaign rally at the AeroMod International hangar at Orlando Melbourne International Airport on February 18, 2017 in Melbourne, Florida. President Trump is holding his rally as he continues to try to push his agenda through in Washington, DC. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump and Melania Trump stand together during a campaign rally at the AeroMod International hangar at Orlando Melbourne International Airport on February 18, 2017 in Melbourne, Florida. President Trump is holding his rally as he continues to try to push his agenda through in Washington, DC. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

9. Trump’s continuing size fixation:
Presidency hasn’t bolstered Trumps’ obsession about crowds. On Saturday, the president combined his antipathy to the media with his size fetish before the thousands gathered in Melbourne. “The media won’t show this crowd,” he said, adding “It’s as big a hanger as it gets. This is where they put the big planes.”

U.S. President Donald Trump hugs a supporter he invited onstage to speak during a "Make America Great Again" rally at Orlando Melbourne International Airport in Melbourne, Florida, U.S. February 18, 2017. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

U.S. President Donald Trump hugs a supporter he invited onstage to speak during a “Make America Great Again” rally at Orlando Melbourne International Airport in Melbourne, Florida, U.S. February 18, 2017. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

10. A made-in-America “star is born”
In what appeared an impromptu gesture, Trump called a man he recognized from television interviews conducted outside the rally to the podium. “This guy is so great…I love this man,” Trump said. “He’s been all over television, saying the best things.” The man, later identified as West Palm beach native Gene Huber who’d waited line line 13 hours, arrived on stage in an utter upending of Secret Service protocol. He spoke two lines: “We the people, our movement is the reason the 45th president of the United States is here today,” before saying he’d always had faith: “I knew he was going to do this for us.  “A star is born,” Trump declared, a testament that celebrity begets celebrity. At 7 p.m., Huber had 480 people following him on Twitter at @squeakey6; by 9 p.m. the number had jumped to 2,512. Huber’s account, up since October 2016, is a shrine to Trump. (His bio: “Donald J Trump, changed America.”) By night’s end, Huber had submitted to interview on that notorious “fake news” outlet CNN, describing how he salutes a life-size cardboard photo of Trump every day.


 

Ten Trump rally outtakes

  1. Well just like Robert De Niro I think Trump should be given a chance….let’s see what his Fruits are….As far as draining the swamp is concerned it can only do the country good.

  2. Barf.

  3. Well, well, well … DT not getting enough strokes in the capital, huh? So what’s the solution? Scurry back to his homeys and wrap himself in red neck adulation. Pathetic!

    • Maybe Trump is just trying to inform the people, but like writing in comments sections, it’s hard to get people to listen when all they do is make their own miserable interpretation. As long as it’s against Trump it must be true, eh?

      If anyone recalls the story about Sweden, in which he apparently claims there was a terrorist attack, well it was all made up – more likely misinterrepeted by reporters and reported as real news. What we need is news reporters with a good knowledge of the English language. See this article about the comment about Sweden, where there really is a problem:

      Sweden ‘covering up’ migrant rape and violent crime for the sake of ‘humanitarianism’
      http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/768980/Sweden-cover-up-migrant-rape-violent-crime

  4. Trump believes in bringing jobs back to America and deporting illegals who happen to be criminals. Seems that’s a scary thought for a lot, but not all, of millennials who feel entitled.

    • He’s selling snake oil…..and you are gulping it down.

      • I wish we had some of that “snake oil” in Canada. It would be great to have a leader here who would do something to get our economy going!! Trudeau is building a massive debt but with NO positive results.

        • Trump isn’t ‘doing’ anything….he’s just talking.

          He can’t ‘create jobs’. He can give you alternate facts and fake news though.

          • I wish Trudeau was just talking rather than bankrupting our country. He may prove to be a bigger spend thrift than his father.

        • Jerome….don’t lie.

          • No lie there!! He started out just a year ago saying he would run a deficit of $8 billion for AT MOST 2 years. Now he’s close to $30 billion for his first year and doesn’t foresee a balanced budget for 30 years+!! Now that’s performance!!

        • What grade are you in now Jerome?

          • Apparently a lot further along than you. If you refute the budget deficit abrupt change I noted, you haven’t reached the grade where you are taught to read.

  5. I would like to post this, as it is about the matter of the comment about Sweden that Trump made – only to the effect that one should look at Sweden, see what’s going on there. What he said was misinterpreted by the Press and very quickly everyone joined in to ridicule Trump. This article comes from Britain, and is about the fake news item from the US in which Trump referred to a terrorist attack in Sweden.

    Sweden ‘covering up’ migrant rape and violent crime for the sake of ‘humanitarianism’
    http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/768980/Sweden-cover-up-migrant-rape-violent-crime

    OFFICIALS in the Swedish government have been accused of “covering up” migrant rape and refugee violence for the sake of appearing politically correct in a Fox News broadcast.

    By OLI SMITHPUBLISHED: 00:01, Sun, Feb 19, 2017 | UPDATED: 22:08, Sun, Feb 19, 2017

    “During an explosive interview on Friday, Mr Horowitz claimed the refugee violence crisis was out-of-control but that “European virtues” had put a stop to any discussion on the statistics.Journalist Ami Horowitz told Fox News people high up in the Swedish government are purposely covering up the prepretrators of rape crimes to protect “vulnerable” migrants.

    His claims sparked Donald Trump to tell a rally in Florida that migration in Europe was out of control.”« less

    • Fake news from a tabloid…….how unusual. LOL

      Sorry…..no.

    • check out the article on Sweden at wnd dot com
      It says Sweden has no-go zones that the police even don’t like to go.

      • It says a lot of stupid things….religious insanity at it’s finest.

        • Another bright comment!!

  6. To show the bias of the majority of left leaning MSM, CNN reported that there were a large number of protesters at this event. Fox on the other hand showed the small group of protesters and said, “Those 50 are braves souls-there are SEVERAL THOUSANDS here today who disagree with them”.

    • Gawd they can sell you guys anything.

      Use your brains folks

      • You mean CNN and MSNBC-everything they say about Trump is biased. They didn’t like his policies when he campaigned, never will and will try their best to discredit him. Unfortunate for them, the American populace disagreed then and still do.

        • I’m not a fan of ANY American news.., but Fox has always been known as Faux News

          Have you checked the news around the world?

          • Fox news is the ONLY credible news station in the US. They carry BOTH negative and positive news about Trump. It’s sad when there is only one station where you can get a balanced view but hat’s why they have a larger number of viewers than CNN, MSNBC and ABC combined.
            During the campaign CNN was known as the Clinton News Network- owned by one of old Hillary’s biggest funders-Warner’s.
            Our CBC is funded by our tax dollars but somehow got “owned” by the Liberals. Makes me gag that they are so partisan.

        • Fox and Limbaugh are entertainment…..not news

          • Fox is NOTHING at all like Limbaugh. Fox is the station to watch if you want some balanced reporting. You get both sides of a story rather than just the left side.

        • Fox and Limbaugh quote each other…………they are hand-in-glove

          • Garbage

  7. Saluting a giant cardboard cutout of a political figure one admires seems comical and simple-minded. Except it probably did happen in fascist Italy and Germany. Actually why am I saying “probably”. People did salute portraits of Hitler in Germany.

  8. “Presidency hasn’t bolstered Trumps’ obsession about crowds.” ‘Bolstered’ means ‘strengthened’ or ‘reinforced’. In this context you may have intended to use ‘weakened’ or ‘lessened’. Alternately you may have meant to say the presidency has bolstered Trump’s obsession.