While Democrat front-runner Sen. Bernie Sanders’ rallygoers have been busy literally beating each other up in viral fistfights, President Donald Trump’s rallygoers have been focused on taking care of one another as if they’re brothers and sisters.
Right before the president’s campaign rally Wednesday evening at the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, a team of die-hard Trump supporters helped carry to his seat a 100-year-old Navy veteran who’d fought in World War II.
— Kari Lake (@KariLakeFox10) February 19, 2020
The footage was so touching it caught the president’s attention.
I AM ON MY WAY, SEE YOU SOON! https://t.co/EgUBqPNlYh
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 20, 2020
The veteran was later identified and honored by the president himself.
“It’s all over TV that the folks here tonight have helped a great World War II veteran into the arena,” Trump said. “I don’t know if he knows it, but he’s right now the hottest celebrity in the world. … He might even be hotter than Trump right now, I have to say.”
“He’s all over television. Even fake news CNN had him on. But they say he’s a legitimate great hero of World War II, Ervin Julian. Ervin, thank you. And I asked my son Don to get a couple of hats and get some things and give them to Irvin right now. And I want to thank you. That’s a great honor. And thank you for the great job you’ve done. An American patriot. Thank you very much.”
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The president’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., later likewise honored the two gentlemen who’d helped Julian to his seat.
“I saw something — literally as I was pulling in here — that I thought was absolutely incredible,” he said. “I saw two gentlemen literally carrying — like a fireman carries — a World War II veteran. They were carrying a WWII veteran down to his seat.”
“I saw that guys, and I honestly, I’m not a very emotional guy, [but] it literally got to me. That’s what these rallies are about. That’s what this movement is about. That’s what people either don’t understand or, in my opinion, they pretend to not understand about what’s going on here. You guys are truly awesome. Thank you for what you do for America. Thank you, guys.”
The events at Wednesday’s rally came as the president’s approval and favorability ratings continue to steadily climb higher, even among the black community.
“Black Trump supporters interviewed over the last month in and around Philadelphia cited a number of reasons for backing him: the bipartisan criminal justice reform package, jobs and the economy, and abortion restrictions, as well as legislation creating ‘opportunity zones’ to spark development in poor urban areas,” The Philadelphia Inquirer reported last week.
“I support Donald Trump not because he’s perfect but he’s a Republican and I believe in Republican ideology,” local resident Rev. Todd Johnson said to the paper. “I believe in smaller government. I believe the government should get out of the way and let the free market do what it does.”
He added that despite being a Trump supporter, he refuses to wear a “Make America Great Again” hat publicly because of the risks involved.
“I wanna be taken seriously and I’m not sure certain people will be able to get past the hat,” he said. “If I go out tonight and I wear the hat, there are some restaurants who will not treat me as nicely, people on the street who will holler some expletives.”
Sadly, this hateful attitude is endemic to everything involving the president. But it’s not because of the president himself but rather because of the irrational hatred so many on the opposite side of the political aisle harbor for him. It’s an unrelenting hatred that was observable even in regard to what happened Wednesday at the Phoenix rally.
Just look at how some responded to local station KSAZ reporter Kari Lake sharing a video of Julian being carried to his seat:
That’s really sweet. I wonder though, why a WWII vet would support a 5X draft dodger who cuts veteran benefits?
— V. Stewart (@VStewartNYC) February 19, 2020
He fought Nazis so that their flag would NEVER fly over American soil. But here we are.
— Trese ?? (@LoverOfBooks123) February 20, 2020
Did he know he was at a Nazi rally? He fought them 70 years ago. Sad.
— DingoMurphy (@DingoMurphy) February 20, 2020
Save your lumps and tears, @KariLakeFox10. This is so staged.
I wonder if this elderly gent knows he’s being used as a prop, and that IQ45 wants to cut his Medicare, Social Security and remove protections for any pre-existing conditions?
— Laurie Hosken, PHR, SHRM-CP ? (@LaurieHosken) February 20, 2020
That doesn’t look patriotic, that looks sick af and troubling. Dragging a barely alive man to a rally is not thoughtful.
— Methy Anne (@GoP__Botched) February 20, 2020
Poor man exploited for a man who is a fascist.
— Vote Dem for the Planet (@Brasilmagic) February 20, 2020
He’s a WW2 vet. That doesn’t make him smart…
— HogansGoat (@ImMadAsWell) February 20, 2020
— ????Mr. Resister???? (@MisterResiste12) February 20, 2020
The hatred and irrationality are utterly stunning. But according to Karlyn Borysenko, a former life-long Democrat, it’s become intrinsic to her party.
In a column for Medium written last week, she wrote about how she’d been “one of those Democrats who considered anyone who voted for Trump a racist.”
“I thought they were horrible (yes, even deplorable) and worked very hard to eliminate their voices from my spaces by unfriending or blocking people who spoke about their support of him, however minor their comments,” she explained.
“I watched a lot of MSNBC, was convinced that everything he had done was horrible, that he hated anyone who wasn’t a straight white man, and that he had no redeeming qualities.”
But then she took the leap so many liberal Democrats are unwilling to do and decided to attend a Trump rally for herself. And in doing so, she not only discovered the truth about the president’s supporters, but she also realized why it was time to #WalkAway.
Since I have so many new followers, I wanted to take a quick moment to introduce myself so you know what you’re getting into. Most of you know me as the (now former) Democrat who wrote about going to a Trump rally in New Hampshire: https://t.co/NxY2PIQmxW #WalkAway
— Dr. Karlyn Borysenko (@DrKarlynB) February 17, 2020
Or, in the case of Julian, the time to be carried away!
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