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No amount of hatred and bigotry will stop one Pennsylvania rental property owner, Leslie Rossi, from expressing her support for President Donald Trump.
Four years ago, Rossi became public enemy number one to local left-wingers — including her children’s teachers, people she’d known all of her life and even her own mother — when she transformed a local home into a “mecca for the silent majority.”
Situated in the small Pennsylvania town of Latrobe, the home has become a tourist attraction because of its patriotic red, white and blue paint, its 14-foot metal Donald Trump replica and its litany of Trump 2020 signs.
See photos of the home below:
— Mr.Rearick (@JacobRearickJAR) October 26, 2016
— Motordrome3 (@Motordrome3) December 18, 2016
Just visited the Trump House in Latrobe/Youngstown, Pennsylvania. My hometown. Big hit – many people. Thank you and great job, Leslie Rossi @rossiteam5! Pennsylvania loves @realDonaldTrump! 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/vRKl4XHsvY
— Tony College (@college_anthony) August 7, 2020
According to Byron York, the home is a hit.
“The visitor logs are huge, hundreds of pages in big loose-leaf binders, each page filled with signatures front and back,” he reported Tuesday.
“When Leslie Rossi first created the Trump House, she had no idea it would become what one local political leader called a ‘mecca for the silent majority’ — a destination for 1,000 visitors a day, people who want to pick up a free Trump hat, or shirt, or flag, and who want to pose in front of the 14-foot high cutout of President Trump in the front yard.”
But with the creation of this “mecca” has come sacrifices.
Speaking on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” early Thursday morning, Rossi described how many people in her life had turned their backs on her when she’d committed the apparent crime four years ago of simply putting up a pro-Trump banner in 2016.
“I hung a banner on an old building that I was working on, and I was shocked and surprised, dismayed at the negative reaction,” she said.
“People I’ve known for years were whipping us the finger, writing articles to the editor, teachers were reacting toward my children at school, just because I showed support for my choice of candidate for the primary in 2016.”
That, she added, inspired her to “go bigger.”
“[H]ow I taught my children to handle that is we go bigger, and we make a difference. and we’ve done that here,” she said.
Watch the interview below:
Unfortunately, her support for America’s duly elected president has also cost her a relationship with her Trump Derangement Syndrome-afflicted mother.
“When Rossi jumped on the Trump bandwagon four years ago …[it] even got her mother, a Democrat, to stop speaking to her,” the York Daily Record notes.
It’s not clear if her mother ever started speaking to her again …
What’s known is that 2016 was also the year Rossi met the president.
“The mother of eight children with a businessman husband, Rossi sat in the shadow of the farmhouse this week, telling the story of meeting Donald Trump just after he won the election in 2016,” the York Daily Record notes.
“At a victory rally in Hershey, she called out to him across a crowd of people: ‘Hey, I did the Trump House!’ The third time, he heard me and he looked to the side and he went, ‘Is that really you?’ And I went, ‘Yep,’ and he went, ‘Oh my gosh, get over here.'”
The two then snapped a photo together:
What’s also known is that Rossi closed the “Trump House” after the 2016 election but has now reopened it this year for obvious reasons, including to help Trump supporters either register to vote or switch their affiliation from Democrat to Republican.
While at the “Trump House,” Trump supporters can also recite the Pledge of Allegiance, pick up free MAGA swag and just connect with one another.
“They like coming here because they feel so connected. They are so proud of their president. They get to come here and celebrate him, their movement, with like-minded people,” she told York.
But, she later explained on Fox News, there are some differences between the reception she received in 2016 and the reception she’s seeing now.
“I don’t believe those polls for one minute,” she said when pressed by “Fox & Friends” host Steve Doocy over polls showing Trump losing in Pennsylvania.
NEW @reuters battleground polls…
— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) October 27, 2020
“My crowd size from 2016 to now has grown three times. And what I’m seeing here are many Democrats that are flipping political parties to Republican. And I’m seeing a big trend in older voters that are in their 80s and 90s,” she added.
“They have never voted in their life, and they have all come here to register to vote for the first time. They’re pretty fed up, mad. They’re concerned about the future of this country. They worked hard their whole lives, and they don’t want to see it go to hell.”
As of Thursday afternoon, RealClearPolitics’ polling averages still had Biden winning PA, albeit by only 3.5 points. Meanwhile, a new poll from Insider Advantage showed Trump winning by two points, while a Trafalgar Group poll had both candidates tied.
Regardless of the polls in Pennsylvania and other battleground states, Rossi is confident Trump has nothing to worry about.
“Oh, he won’t lose,” she said to the York Daily Record.
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