Donald Trump’s Last Push in Michigan

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by Rodney Pelletier  •  •  November 7, 2016   

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The last few days before the presidential election Donald Trump has been campaigning harder than any American in modern history.

On Sunday, November 6, he had six campaign rallies in six different cities: Denver, Sioux City, Minneapolis, the Detroit Metro area, the Pittsburgh area and Leesburg, Virginia. Not bad for a 70-year-old.

His rally at the Freedom Hill Amphitheatre in Sterling Heights, Michigan, would be one of his last appearances in the Detroit area before the elections on November 8. His appearance in Grand Rapids on Monday night will be his very last stop on the campaign trail.

Trump has been trying to turn the traditionally blue state of Michigan red, a victory that would yield him 16 electoral votes and edge him closer to victory.

Hillary Clinton has not kept up with Trump's break-neck pace — she's had far fewer appearances in Michigan over the course of the campaign. Up until recently there's been almost no doubt Michigan would stay Democrat. But owing to threats of investigations by the FBI, IRS and NYPD, and the ongoing barrage of WikiLeaks revelations exposing the criminal activities of Hillary, her husband and her campaign members, the Democratic Party is in danger of losing the state.

On Monday she'll be outside Grand Rapids, and Barack Obama will be in Ann Arbor pushing her as his heir-apparent. Also out campaigning for her are Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Joe Biden and her vice-presidential pick Tim Kaine and his wife Anne Holton — in addition to celebrities Katy Perry, Madonna, Miley Cyrus, Jay-Z and Beyonce. Maybe Trump needs to do double and triple duty in order to keep up.  

I arrived at the amphitheatre more than three hours early. It ended up being a good move because the line to get in was massive — literally almost a mile long. Although the line moved slowly for a little while, people were calm, laughing and having a good time. There were merchants moving up and down the line selling buttons, t-shirts, flags, hats and other assorted Trump/Pence paraphernalia.

Once the line got moving I was in within 30 minutes. There were police with dogs going through the crowd and uniformed secret service agents made us empty our pockets and walk through the metal detector.

The number of people increased steadily as the sun went down. People were happy. Most seemed to be between 40 and 60 years old. There were a fair number of men wearing some indication they served in the armed forces. It seemed as if everybody there was middle-class, all workers. There were Harley Davidson shirts, Second Amendment shirts, men wearing hunting jackets and women wearing pink "adorable deplorable" shirts.

As the 6 p.m. start time approached, the place began to fill up. I saw more families, parents bringing their young-adult children, and more 20-somethings — many couples and groups of men or women. There were signs saying "Blacks for Trump," "Chaldeans for Trump" and "Women for Trump."

The rally began with addresses by several Michigan politicians, taking nearly 25 minutes. Afterward, famous Michigan personality Ted Nugent came on stage wearing hunting clothes. He was famous in the 1970s and 80s for his rock guitar, but from the 1990s onward he became a vocal proponent for hunting and Second Amendment rights. Nugent took the stage and played an instrumental rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner reminiscent of the one Jimi Hendrix played at Woodstock in 1969.

He spoke for about nine minutes (using some profanity), getting everybody more excited than the politicians who spoke before him. He left the stage but came back moments later, telling us Trump had not yet arrived. He held the crowd's attention with music and speeches for another 25 minutes.

Before long Trump's motorcade could be seen approaching the amphitheatre. People were ecstatic. It only took a few minutes before he got on stage in a long coat, wearing a white "Make America Great Again" baseball cap.

I was wondering if he would address the new revelation that FBI director Comey said no new evidence in recent emails has been discovered and no new charges against Hillary would be made. Trump did address them in passing, wondering aloud how 650,000 emails could be examined in such a short time, and again expressing his belief that "the system is fixed."

He spoke about how almost all auto manufacturing has gone to Mexico and other foreign countries, and promised he would bring auto manufacturing back to Michigan. He mentioned Middle-Eastern immigration, saying that people from countries with a history of terrorism would be halted until the State Department could settle on a feasible way to filter terrorists from those who legitimately immigrate.

Standing next to me was a group of Chaldean Christian men in their late teens or early 20s. Michigan is home to the largest Middle-Eastern population outside the Middle East, and these boys cheered Trump's suggestion for a strict adherence to immigration laws. Michigan is also home to many Christians who have had to flee their homeland in Iraq from ISIS and the Islamic terror fighting for control in there. They gleefully shouted "Bomb ISIS!" and "Build the wall!" when Trump brought up illegal Mexican immigration.

Whenever he mentioned Hillary Clinton's name, the crowd would break out chanting "Lock her up!" He told the people that since the FBI and the Justice Department didn't seem to want to bring her to justice, it would be the people's job to deliver justice by voting for him on election day.

Trump spoke for about 30 minutes and said he had to go to Pittsburgh and Virginia after that, and said his goodbyes to the crowd. Just after midnight Trump addressed the people of Leesburg, Virginia, calling it his midnight special. He sounded more tired than he did in Michigan just a few hours before.

I don't think it's just the hellish schedule that's making him weary — we're all weary. Americans are tired of having their rights taken away from them by presidents, judges, congressmen and senators. Americans are tired of being lied to by career politicians. They're tired of having their hard-earned paychecks stolen from them by self-interested politicians who get rich crushing citizens under the burdens of taxes, political correctness and hypocrisy.

We're all tired, but our biggest fight may not yet have come.


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