'10 Miles of Cars' Line Up for Trump's Small Town America Rally
The Silent Majority packs out event at Latrobe, Pennsylvania hangar
The Silent Majority was out in full force for President Donald Trump's small-town America campaign rally at a hangar in Latrobe, Pennsylvania on Thursday.
Thousands of MAGA patriots queued up to pack out the event as President Trump spoke to his supporters on the airport runway next to Air Force One.
According to Christopher Bedford of The Federalist, supporters in over ten miles of cars lined up to get a glimpse of their president.
Three roads lead to Arnold Palmer Regional Airport, Bedford explained.
On each of the roads, traffic jams stretched 1.5 miles into Unity Township, a mile toward the country club, and eight miles on the road to Pittsburgh.
Bedford says he was forced to risk getting towed by parking on a verge and "hustle past as the red flag-waving line of packed cars, trucks, station wagons and occasional motorcycles" just to get near to the rally.
The county paper predicted a crowd of 2,000-plus for President Donald Trump’s 7 p.m. hanger stop.
According to Bedford, there were more than twice that many vehicles in the parking lots and fields by 4, with some camping out overnight and miles more on their way, slowly passing the Trump signs that decorate every other yard.
The president won this state by a paper-thin 44,000 votes four years ago, and polls show a razor-tight race.
He describes the event as having a “festival atmosphere” that's more like a big classic rock or country music concert, "complete with a tailgating feel, laughter, broad smiles, and a presidential soundtrack ranging from Guns n’ Roses to Celine Dion."
The report is a stark contrast to accounts of the "hostile mobs" leftist claim to face at these events when the reality is far closer to the harmless cheers and boos of a medieval fair’s jousting match.
Bedford describes a helicopter that drifts nearby and Phil Collins’ “In The Air Tonight” begins as the loudspeaker announces Air Force One’s imminent arrival to booming cheers, the playlist shifting to “Eye of the Tiger” as the national plane pulls by.
Tears stream down the faces of two older women in the crowd.
“I’m just so excited!” one exclaims, embarrassed, while a third friend chuckles and pats her on the back.
Emerging from the iconic presidential backdrop to cheers, applause, and chants of “USA!” the president launches right into it, praising “my late, great friend Arnold Palmer” and promising the crowd “I will keep your jobs in America, and I will bring violent looters, rioters, anarchists, I will bring them to justice.”
“We have more than 400 of them under arrest, these are bad people,” he continues, listing administration accomplishments from defeating ISIS to tackling “the China virus.”
“Now we have to get back to work,” he promises, counting the 61 days “until we win Pennsylvania.”
“We don’t have a lot of farmers in the crowd,” he says, moving off a quick riff on trade.
“We have boilermakers.
"We have a lot of boilermakers in the crowds.
"You don’t mess with those guys,” he chuckles as fists rise in bandstand to the right, filled with the men and families of Pittsburgh’s Local 154, whose endorsement the president earned.
“Those are tough guys,” he says.
“I watch Nancy Pelosi say, ‘You must wear your mask, you have to wear your mask, and we’re gonna keep every beauty salon closed in California, all across the country,” he begins an hour in, launching into a comedy bit with his mock-impersonation of the speaker.
“And then I see a picture, I say, 'Where’s her mask?’
"And I tell ya what, she must have treated that beauty saloon owner very badly.
"She uses the salon and the salon turned her in!?”
The president then begins talking about America's future.
"We are one movement, one people, one family, and one glorious nation under God," he assures the crowd.
"America will soon be thriving like never before.
"Next year will be the greatest economic year in the history of our country, and together we will work very hard. …
"We will make America wealthy again, we will make America strong again, we will make America proud again, and we will make America great again!”
And President Trump has the full force of the Silent Majority behind him, it seems.