The Trump train came rumbling into Fayetteville Monday night as President Donald Trump and his Keep America Great Rally visited North Carolina.
With the reverence and excitement generated by few celebrities or famous people, the president addressed an electrified crowd of over 5,000 inside the Crown Expo Center and countless others who sat outside the building watching the 45th president on a giant screen. Trump delivered his own reverence for those who stood before him.
“Hello to Fayetteville,” Trump said. “It’s good to be here in North Carolina, share this night with you with the hard working patriots who believe in faith, family, God and country.”
Entrenched among the crowd was Harnett County Sheriff Wayne Coats, who said he was there to support the president and to listen to the message he was bringing.
“...I’m excited to be down here,” Coats said. “It looks like it’s a huge turnout. We’ve got a lot of work (ahead) and he’s doing a lot of good things.”
Those in attendance were quickly drawn into the fervor, which was built up prior to Trump’s entrance by the likes of Donald Trump Jr. and Vice President Mike Pence.
“It is my high honor and my distinct privilege to introduce my friend and the 45th president of the United States of America,” Pence said as the crowd’s response reached a pinnacle, “President Donald Trump.”
Trump used the platform to exalt his own victories, his beliefs on the shortcomings of the Democratic Party and to rally the troops behind 9th Congressional District GOP Candidate Dan Bishop who was seeking the office in the shadows of an absentee voting scandal which forced a new election.
The president urged the mass of humanity assembled before him to throw its support behind Bishop and over “Greedy” Dan McCreedy the Democrat who has been ahead in the polls for quite some time.
“Make the call to elect the congressman who always puts America first, Dan Bishop,” Trump said.
Earlier in the day, Trump toured North Carolina with Gov. Roy Cooper to see the damage left behind by Hurricane Dorian.
“I’ve just come from a meeting with North Carolina’s delegation representing communities hit by Hurricane Dorian,” he said. “And I expressed the unwaivering solidarity of the American people. We are behind you 100%.”
In addition to assuring residents the full support of the government in recovery efforts and touting the private agencies involved in the clean up as well, Trump spoke about the progress of the nation as a whole under his administration.
Something which State Sen. Jim Burgin of Harnett County, who was in attendance at the rally, predicted earlier in the evening.
“I think it’s going to be about we need to support Dan (Bishop) and that we need to keep the Republican momentum going,” Burgin said. “That we need to keep this economy going and not listen to folks about how things are getting bad, because I think the economy is going to do good.”
The president echoed Burgin’s belief early in his speech when he said the goal now is to “keep the resurgence going and going strong” as the audience interrupted him multiple times to cheer, celebrate and applaud the words he offered.
“In just over two years, we’ve taken this big beautiful ship and it’s being turned around very quickly,” he said. “Nobody thought this would happen.”
Calling his victory in 2016 the result of one of the greatest elections in American history, Trump said his administration would have come under fire had it not led the country in the direction it is now headed.
“We have the No. 1 economy anywhere in the world,” he said. “Every time I meet a foreign leader, they say congratulations on what you’ve done with your economy and I say I didn’t do it, I just set a certain path, the people of the United States did it.”