A group of traditionalists that rarely participates in politics took the unusual step of fully supporting the president’s bid for another four years in the Oval Office.
The Amish/Mennonite community surprised many onlookers by joining a pro-Trump parade along the picturesque streets of Fredericksburg, Ohio, on Sept. 19.
Videos that have since gone viral on social media show Amish waving Trump 2020 campaign flags and signs as they make their way through the village on horseback, in wagons, buggies, and even walking an ox. Event organizers accompanied them from the Bikers for Trump group who could be seen next to them, riding classic American motorcycles.
“Epic! Amish Trump supporters hold [a] horse, wagon, and carriage Trump parade,” Fab Tique said on YouTube. “You gotta love Trump supporters. The Amish held a pro-Trump Patriots Parade for President Trump in Fredericksburg, Ohio.”
The video, which has been played more than 9,100 times, eventually reached the desk of conservative Townhall columnist Mike LaChance who described it as a rare sight indeed.
“All of the enthusiasm is on Trump’s side,” he said on Twitter. “When was the last time you saw the Amish community get involved like this?”
RedState revealed the event had nothing to do with asking other Amish or Mennonites to vote at the upcoming general election on Nov. 3. It was intended to show the Amish are bold enough to “step forward and put it out there to make a statement like this.”
“We are not here to try to change their narrative, we are not here to talk them into voting, we already know there is a giant swell of interest from the Amish community regarding Trump,” Bikers for Trump founder Chris Cox told RedState. “Our goal is to give them a little louder voice, to give them a direct path to Donald Trump’s ear.”
According to the Amish PAC website, Ohio and Pennsylvania are home to nearly 200,000 Amish people. They are experiencing rapid population growth, especially since the average Amish household has between six and eight children.
The community still reported a jump in voter turnout during both the 2016 and 2018 elections. The number of Amish who vote is once again expected to increase in the weeks leading up to Election Day.
“Their votes would be so important, and there is a lot of them,” Amish PAC co-founder Ben Walters told RedState. “Since 2016, every single year, it gets a little bit easier. We are seeing more and more signs of progress. I think behaviors are finally changing.”