Certain things happen in a campaign that can catapult it to a whole new level. Donald Trump played second fiddle at his rally today in North Augusta South Carolina. Protesters have become common at Trump rallies. In fact, when do you hear about protesters at Rubio or Bush rallies? As for Ted Cruz, he makes it his business to debate the protesters rather than just disposing of them. This is designed to draw attention to the senator so he can boast of “owning” another protester. Most of the time it looks painful. The protester drags on, and Cruz is thrust back in time to his debate club tourneys. Sad really, and very distracting.
Today’s rally was a normal Trump event. A boisterous crowd and one very obnoxious protester. But this unfortunate soul ran into an older man and an Iraq war veteran who apparently got the best of her. The woman was seen flipping a double bird as she was being escorted out of the packed arena. Trump is right, the cameras never show the size of his crowds unless a protester is causing a ruckus. And for the record, the auditorium was wall to wall humanity.
The capacity crowd cheered, as this woman on a fools errand was led away. This person had also been swearing up a storm. Donald made sure he let the audience know what an idiot this lady was. Trump explained to the audience that he believes he could talk some sense into this protester. But I’m not sure even the Donald could negotiate with this liberal establishment tool. She was obviously a piece of work…or possibly something else.
What happened next was totally spontaneous and it might change the whole trajectory of this campaign for South Carolina and beyond. Trump called both men to the podium. The older gentleman was first. He quickly embraced Donald and then gave a rousing little speech that was heart felt and emotional. I was close to tears as the man pleaded with the crowd to support Donald to the hilt.
If that wasn’t enough icing on the emotional cake, the second gentleman turned out to be an Iraq war veteran. As soon as he said, “two tours in Iraq”, the place erupted. He then validated the things Trump has been saying about law enforcement and ended on the phrase…“we need you”. He and Trump embraced….And again the place went nuts and people were digging for Kleenex.
This is the advantage of an event that is not staged or scripted. This is pure Donald Trump at his best. His judgment, his timing, his sense of fairness, firing on all cylinders. These two men stole the show. And the supposedly narcissistic Trump made these two dedicated supporters the stars of his rally today.
The more this video circulates, the more votes Donald Trump will receive. There’s real heart and real emotion in this movement because Donald is a real person. This is not some fake thespian big tent revival. This is the heart of America. And that heart beats for Donald J. Trump.