“Make America Great again”
MOBILE Al, Friday Night August 21 — It was the most audacious Donald Trump spectacle yet of the 2016 campaign. Trump’s flashy performance is now more than showmanship. It is more and more coolly strategic, touching down in the heart of red America. Trump, discussing every aspect of politics an American culture, is now doing everything in his power to demonstrate that his candidacy has broad and lasting appeal across every region of the country.
“We have politicians that don’t have a clue. They’re all talk, no action. What’s happening to this country is disgraceful. We’re running on fumes. There’s nothing here . . . We’re not going to have a country left. We need to have our borders. We need to make great deals. We’re going to build a wall,” said Trump.
Noting all the states where he leads in the polls, Trump added: “Has this been crazy? Man! I mean, it’s been wild. I’d like to have the election tomorrow. I don’t want to wait.”
The crowd was anything but silent.
Trump fans came by the thousands, driving from the Florida panhandle, from Mississippi, from Tennessee and Texas. Traffic was backed up for more than a mile. The most-enthusiastic Trump backers began arriving at the stadium at dawn. In the run-up, Trump made the rounds on Alabama radio stations, talking politics and college football. As the crowd formed Friday morning, Trump tweeted from New York: “We are going to have a wild time in Alabama tonight! Finally, the silent majority is back!”
Trump chose Mobile for his big rally in part because it is the hometown of Senator Jeff Sessions, an immigration hard-liner who has been counseling Trump and helped him develop his immigration policy paper. Trump is not the only contender who sees the South as a place where bids could rise or fall in the second lap of the 2016 race. But no one is putting on a show like Trump. As the sun began to set, the crowd in the stadium snapped their heads toward the sky. Here it was, gliding toward them: a glimmering Boeing 757 with “T-R-U-M-P” stretched across its navy blue body. The crowd roared its approval to Trump as his jet tilted away to land at a nearby airport.
How much more presidential than this can we get?
JMD is an enthusiastic writer, columnist and social activist who most enjoys evolving in complex interactive situations.