Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. A First Person Experience from a Trump Rally

 

I am offering this brief rumination on the amazing experience my son, Jim, and I had a few nights ago when we attended the Trump Rally here in Pensacola. I will not repeat what we have all seen about the rallies, the size of the turnout, the excitement of the crowd, the music, the famous guests of honor in each State, and all the rest. Nor will I attempt to dress this up with some of the photos we took that night as the images would simply be similar to those you see on your news coverage.

I will, however, share with you one ingredient you can never really feel in its true and genuine reality and force unless you go and personally witness this phenomenon in person.

Love is what you will never fully appreciate until you stand there at the fence and watch Air Force One land and then watch it taxi around in front of the crowd and then when the President of the United States appears in the door and makes his trademark fist pump gesture, the whole atmosphere simply goes electric with the love every single person standing there feels for this man.

It was one of the most amazing phenomena (there’s that word again, but there really is no substitute for what happened) I have ever experienced, and it made me so thankful that I decided to get in the car, fight the traffic, walk the miles (that’s with an “s”) to get from the parking lot to the assembly area and, with my son, feel that which I could only get a mere hint of from watching the rallies on television or online.

I know this may not be much of a revelation to many here and I am not posting this to attempt any kind of persuasion at all. I would also add that I am not trying to deliberately “rile up”, as we say in the South, the Never Trumpers who will make their decision on their vote for the most important office in the world based on the nastiness of some tweets and similar considerations, as is their absolute right.

I will say, however, that I came away from this experience and both seeing and feeling personally the depth of the love of and dedication to this President wondering where in the world all of these gloomy predictions could possibly be coming from and what they are actually, with the emphasis on “actually”, based on?

We hear a lot about the enthusiasm gap in this election. I saw it and felt it Friday night here in Pensacola. It is real and it is palpable. Not one single person there that night, and I am quite sure this is true for all of the rallies, is going to neglect to vote.

I know we are close to November 3 and there may not be many more chances to attend a rally, but I wish all of my friends could experience what we did with rally here; it simply cannot be duplicated any other way than to go and personally see it and feel it.

As for me, I pray for the President every single day and I am praying that God will continue to Bless America!

Sincerely, Jim

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  1. Jim McConnell Member
    Jim McConnellJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Thank you, Jim. I think you gave us a feel of what it is to attend a Trump Rally.

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    • October 25, 2020, at 2:44 PM PDT
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  2. Jimmy Carter Member
    Jimmy CarterJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Jim McConnell (View Comment):

    Thank you, Jim. I think you gave us a feel of what it is to attend a Trump Rally.

    Boy, You ain’t kiddin’.

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    • October 25, 2020, at 2:56 PM PDT
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  3. Eustace C. Scrubb Member

    The enthusiasm gap is very real. I hope it changes the outcome of the election. But the hard math says that in Ohio or Pennsylvania or Wisconsin, 51% grudging votes for Biden would still beat 49% joyful votes for Trump. I’m hoping rally truth trumps poll truth.

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    • October 25, 2020, at 2:57 PM PDT
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  4. Django Member

    Interesting bit of info. Does Joe think he has it in the bag already, or does he think there is no point in going on?

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    • October 25, 2020, at 3:55 PM PDT
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  5. Susan Quinn Contributor

    Your post is so inspiring, Jim! I’ve felt that sensation over the TV, but to read your own experience is very moving. Thanks for sharing it!

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    • October 25, 2020, at 3:55 PM PDT
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  6. Eustace C. Scrubb Member

    Django (View Comment):

    Interesting bit of info. Does Joe think he has it in the bag already, or does he think there is no point in going on?

    Or he’s just not capable of doing more.

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    • October 25, 2020, at 4:00 PM PDT
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  7. Randy Webster Member

    I don’t love Trump, but I’m sure voting for him.

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    • October 25, 2020, at 4:07 PM PDT
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  8. PHCheese Member

    Like watching NFL football at the stadium vs TV?

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    • October 25, 2020, at 5:34 PM PDT
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  9. JoelB Member

    Somehow, if Trump should lose, I don’t think you will hear the whiny primal screams that we heard from those who opposed him in 2016. I think this group is too robust for that.

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    • October 25, 2020, at 6:32 PM PDT
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  10. Randy Webster Member

    JoelB (View Comment):

    Somehow, if Trump should lose, I don’t think you will hear the whiny primal screams that we heard from those who opposed him in 2016. I think this group is too robust for that.

    I might think it, though.

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    • October 25, 2020, at 8:19 PM PDT
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  11. DonG (Biden is compromised) Coolidge

    JoelB (View Comment):

    Somehow, if Trump should lose, I don’t think you will hear the whiny primal screams that we heard from those who opposed him in 2016. I think this group is too robust for that.

    I think you get TEA Party 2.0.

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    • October 26, 2020, at 11:12 AM PDT
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  12. WillowSpring Member
    WillowSpringJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    On Sunday, I went shopping in Purcellville, Va – a small town in the DC suburbs. When I came out and loaded up my car, I heard lots of honking and when I pulled out of the parking lot, I pulled into a long stream of honking cars with Trump flags. There were dump trucks, SUVs and regular cars – all with Trump flags. I went about a block and turned into the small strip mall to order food from our favorite Mexican restaurant – which we are trying to keep in business. After I came out, the parade was still going on. I walked to the end of the lot and watched as it went by, waving and cheering. The amazing thing was that even the cars coming the other way were honking and the drivers were waving. 

    It was an amazingly uplifting event.

    It is hard to imagine that Biden/Harris have a chance and this is in Northern Virginia!

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    • October 26, 2020, at 11:14 AM PDT
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  13. Jim George Member
    Jim George

    WillowSpring (View Comment):
    It was an amazingly uplifting event.

    You really have to be there to realize just how uplifting it really is, don’t you? That is certainly the way we felt, as I had just an inkling of the real feeling of his supporters and the positive outlook they have for his re-election, no matter what the gloom and doom polls are saying. I just spotted an article about this kind of phenomenon you and I are seeing and feeling, by Byron York entitled “The Big Trump rallies you don’t see” and it is about the huge car and truck rallies all over, but specifically in Western Pennsylvania in which fracking is so central to their economy. Very good analysis, albeit rather disgusting about how major media will not report anything the least bit favorable to the President. God Bless America! Jim.

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    • October 26, 2020, at 12:08 PM PDT
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  14. Front Seat Cat Member

    Here’s Beverly Hills – yes that Beverly Hills! Haha!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBWYFe47f4s

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZQ3yzKKues

     

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    • October 27, 2020, at 10:06 AM PDT
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