President Donald Trump launched his re-election campaign Tuesday night, in Orlando, Florida, to a packed stadium of 20,000. Requests for attendance numbered at 120,000 and people lined up and camped out 40 hours before the rally began. Many watched the rally on large screen televisions outside the venue.
Supporter Mike Priewe shared his response to the rally and how his perception of the president has changed over time.
“It was just electric. It was great. … his sense of humor on some of the topics while still maintaining a serious side and addressing some important issues like building a wall, security, the economy, and other stuff like that. It was great. He’s a straight shooter and he’s getting the job done. And I, the first time I voted for him, I was apprehensive. He was the last guy I wanted to vote for,” said Priewe.
The president covered a wide range of his administration’s accomplishments including the economy, health care for veterans, tax relief, increased job numbers across the spectrum, and foreign policy accomplishments, particularly concerning the many issues regarding China.
Many supporters showed appreciation for President Trump’s focus on rebuilding American interests, which include energy production, border and immigration reforms and stepping away from the globalist movement.
Supporter Kathy Ward shared her response to the president’s focus on the United States.
“Fantastic. Great crowd. Great speech. Great energy. Great message. Super patriotic. So happy I came. … Because he supports the American people. He supports Americans. Period, end of sentence. He’s for us,” Ward said.
One theme that President Trump has shared in multiple rallies has been promises made, promises kept. Supporter Jose Herrera shared his thoughts on this as well as the America first agenda.
“I thought it was a great beginning to a great re-election campaign,” said Hererra. “I think he’s done an amazing job so far and the sky’s the limit. He’s come through on almost every campaign promise he’s made so far and he continues striving to make America great again and keep America great. I really believe in that philosophy.”
Herrera shared his appreciation of the president’s focus on caring for returning veterans and the multiple challenges that they face.
“Our veterans have given so much for this country and get so little in return and being able to provide them with, for the very least, good medical care to be able to get treatment. They’re suffering from so many illnesses; PTSD, post-traumatic stress disorder. So many end up committing suicide because they don’t get the proper care and the proper time,” he said.
Herrera said he believes that the president is sincere in his words and that President Trump is doing the job for the right reasons.
“I think he really believes in the message. I don’t think it’s just politics. I think he really believes in America,” said Hererra. “Let’s face it. He has more money than he knows what to do with. He doesn’t need this job. He doesn’t need the money. I think he’s doing it for the right reasons to try and help the country.”