Thus saith the Lord, Keep ye judgment, and do justice: for my salvation is near to come, and my righteousness to be revealed. Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that layeth hold on it; that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil. ~ Isaiah 56: 1-2
From The Federalist: LATROBE, Penn. — There are three roads to Arnold Palmer Regional Airport. The traffic jam stretches 1.5 miles into Unity Township, out a mile toward the country club, and eight miles toward Pittsburgh. Parking by a mailbox and hoping we don’t get towed, we hustle past as the red flag-waving line of packed cars, trucks, station wagons and occasional motorcycles creeps slowly onward toward this evening’s festivities.
The county paper predicted a crowd of 2,000-plus for President Donald Trump’s 7 p.m. hangar stop. There are 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.
‘Rolling Rock’ drinkers might recognize the town of Latrobe from the cold, green bottles they knock back, but the plant closed in 2006 amid stalling sales talks, eventually moving far away. [-]
From yours truly: [+] … I know they are trying to protect Biden from saying anything that will get him in trouble, but this obvious over the top distancing and contrived questions from the media and others is beyond the understandable. He was campaigning for the primary in the height of the pandemic not that long ago. Either he is mentally failing fast, or they really think they can run out the clock on this election. It’s so bad now, if he doesn’t fall down or pass out they think he is strong. This is pathetic.
And they can hardly have Kamala out there showing him up… doing more than he is, so they really have a problem. [-]
[+] … Young and old, men and women, politicos and locals are packing in as we make the near-mile trek from the roadside gravel we hope won’t cause any trouble as a parking spot for the evening. You’ll hear about “the festival atmosphere” from corporate reporters at Black Lives Matter riots as arson’s smoke drifts pasts their cameras, but for years Trump rallies have been more like big classic rock or country music concerts, complete with a tailgating feel, laughter, broad smiles, and a presidential soundtrack ranging from Guns n’ Roses to Celine Dion.
A helicopter 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. [-]
[+] … An old timer makes the comment: So glad that he is doing the rally, and hopefully many others. This rally will accomplish at least two great things: 1. Deliver more momentum and optimism to his campaign, bringing more folks on board and 2. Liberal heads will be exploding like so much squeezed bubble wrap.
Biden’s support for NAFTA and China’s entry in the WTO showed he does support working people – the working people in China, that is! He screwed millions of American workers out of jobs and higher pay, especially in PA, Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota. Biden has filled his family’s pockets with graft and cash from China while selling out American workers.[-]
[+] … 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.” [-]
[+] … The friend with the old timer chimes in: I am nearing 60 years old and cannot believe how disgusting and miserable the press has become. It’s not my imagination; many of my friends feel the same way and we are done with the lying tools. The contrast between what the press say/ask and what Trump has accomplished is astounding. Can’t wait for the side by side photos comparing crowds. Trump will have more in line for him getting off the plane than Biden had at his speech. (Cant call that a rally.)
His friend responds, Dave, I’m closer to 80 than I am 70, and I wholeheartedly agree with you. Best President in my lifetime. [-]
[+] … Night has fallen as the 90-minute, non-stop, no-warm-up evening comes to a close and the president turns back to his prepared remarks, lifting the crowd one last time with a rousing closer. “This is the commonwealth where our union was saved by the heroes at Gettysburg, and where generations of tough, strong workers mined the coal, worked the railroads, forged the steel that made America into the greatest, most powerful nation in the history of the world.”
“Proud citizens like you helped build this country, and together we are taking back our country from these very, very deranged people. We are returning power to you, the American people. With your help and your devotion and your drive we are going to keep on working, we are going to keep on fighting, and we are going to keep on winning, winning, winning!”
“We are one movement, one people, one family, and one glorious nation under God. America swill 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!” [-]
[+] … “I didn’t see any counter-protesters,” a woman says to her husband as they make their way back to the parking lot.
It’s a full moon as we roll through the hills back toward the mountainside highway. It’s been a lively night in Latrobe, and some fans will be heading to the bars, but most will be headed home — the kids are getting tired, and tomorrow is still a workday. This is a man who is comfortable in his skin…just wow!
Thank you Lord for delivering this great man to fight back the evil swamp.
Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people. The Lord God, which gathereth the outcasts of Israel saith, Yet will I gather others to him, beside those that are gathered unto him. ~ Isaiah 56: 7-8
- Christopher Bedford, The Federalist: Ten miles of cars line up for Trump
- Sundance, Conservative Treehouse: President Trump MAGA Rally Latrobe Pennsylvania
Soli Deo Gloria!