You won’t hear this from the mainstream media, but among the army of Trump supporters who were amassing outside Orlando’s Amway Center all throughout Monday and Tuesday in anticipation of the launch of the president’s 2020 re-election campaign were a bevy of former Democrats.
“To support our president, this is a bucket list item and to support #WalkAway,” one supporter named Maria told Fox News correspondent Lauren Blanchard during Tuesday morning’s edition of FNC’s “Fox & Friends” after being asked why she and her friends, Nancy and Jenny, had been camping out outside Amway Center since as early as 3:30 pm Monday afternoon.
“We are all former Dems,” she added.
“I just love the fact that he unites everybody,” Nancy said when asked by Blanchard about what she’d like to hear from the president Tuesday night. “And it’s just like a rock concert. You get so excited.”
“And I just think that what I want to hear is what he has planned for everybody to move forward. He does such a good job at getting things done. Show a game plan. Let us know what’s the next step. Get us jazzed up. Because we already are, but we just don’t want it to stop. This is awesome.”
Watch the full interview below:
The president’s re-launch event Tuesday evening has received over 100,000 tickets requests, according to Fox, though sadly, Orlando’s Amway Center can only seat 20,000.
And that, in fact, is one of the chief reasons why so many Trump supporters like Maria, Nancy and Jenny congregated outside the venue so early — to make sure they got a ticket.
“We know that there’s going to be a lot of people here, so we decided to get here early. And we’re just really excited to hopefully get as close as possible to Trump,” another Trump supporter said to Orlando station WOFL on Monday.
“Rain or shine, we’re going to stay here no matter what!” yet another said.
Rain, scattered thunderstorms and uncomfortably high humidity were forecast for Orlando on Tuesday. To get by, some Trump supporters had brought lawn chairs. Others had rented a hotel and were taking turns standing in line.
Dovetailing back to Maria, Nancy and Jenny, if you think they’re irrelevant anomalies who aren’t representative of any major trend, you might be mistaken.
According to analysis by Cornell University’s Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, 8 percent of 2016 presidential election voters were self-identified Democrats, while 10 percent were self-identified liberals:
Going into the 2020 election, there’s a chance these numbers might climb even higher, in part because of the #WalkAway movement that Maria referenced.
Launched in 2018 by Brandon Straka, a former Democrat turned openly gay Trump supporter, the movement has encouraged Democrats fed-up with the Democrat Party’s identity politics, political correctness and insane policy proposals to jump ship and join the president’s team.
Since the movement’s launch, it’s spread like wildfire:
I was a registered Democrat for the greater portion of my voting life. The #Clintons cinched it for me. I was an #Independent through the Bush years. Obama was an eight year blank. The hatred and violence the @Democrats now promote convince me I was right to #WalkAway…
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) June 25, 2018
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) June 30, 2018
— Ronica Garcia (@FacesbyRoni) June 18, 2019
Being a life long liberal who voted for Obama twice, decided to #WalkAway from the toxic Democratic Party = the best thing I’ve done in my life. So glad I’m no longer drinking the left’s MSM’s poisoned kool aid. I can’t wait 2 vote for @realDonaldTrump in ?? 2020 LOUD & PROUD ?? pic.twitter.com/traa0quNG2
— James Peter (@JAMESPETER2020) June 9, 2019
Hell yeah!!!! I decided to #WalkAway late last year because I got sick and tired of how stupid Democrats and Liberals were becoming at that time.
— David O’Connell (@DavidOcO1991) June 7, 2019
I cant wait to vote for Trump in 2020! I am SO glad I decided to #walkaway from democrats, you people are batshit insane. Trump is the best thing to happen to America in a long time! Thank the Lord God for him ❤???
— Leslie ? (@Phenomenal_Cat) June 4, 2019
While it’s unclear how many #WalkAway members would ultimately show up for the president’s re-election launch, what’s clear is that the president’s supporters were willing to do anything for a chance to hear his voice live.
Tough it through the rain:
WOW #MUSTSEE: @realDonaldTrump supporters sticking it out in #Orlando thunderstorms more than 24 hours out from his #MAGA announcement on Tuesday at @AmwayCenter. @wsvn Nice work from photojournalist @99gsandreajara for getting the shot. @FLOTUS @POTUS @SecondLady @mike_pence pic.twitter.com/iqF1djNfUo
— Joe Roetz (@JoeRoetz) June 17, 2019
Sit bored to tears for hours at a time:
People are already lined up outside the Amway Center in Orlando for the Trump rally tomorrow. About 20 people here with tents, lawn chairs, coolers and umbrellas. @orlandosentinel pic.twitter.com/ltfg7WdN99
— Caroline Glenn (@bycarolineglenn) June 17, 2019
— Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) June 18, 2019
And wait and wait and wait:
It’s 8 AM outside outside the Amway Center where @realDonaldTrump will hold the grand re-launch of his 2020 re-election campaign. The band is warming up and there’s a party atmosphere among those in the (very long) line to get in. pic.twitter.com/FA8rkNDtJT
— Tamara Keith (@tamarakeithNPR) June 18, 2019
Is all this enough to guarantee his victory? That much remains unclear, particularly in light of recent polling data showing the president losing to the top five Democrat presidential candidates.
However, according to Fox News contributor Buck Sexton, it helps greatly that the economy is on fire and that Trump has an uncanny ability to drum up support.
“Even some of his most vociferous critics admit he is just a beast on the campaign trail. … There is nobody on the Democratic side who comes even close to just the pure performance art on the campaign trail that this president can put forward,” Buckton said Monday on FNC’s “Fox News @ Night.”
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