August 4, 2017

What it’s like to attend a President Trump rally

Stadium rallies played an important role in Donald Trump’s campaign for president. They gave Trump the chance to hold court and bask in the glow of an audience of admirers. And they gave his supporters a chance to feel the sense of solidarity that only being around like-minded people can bring.

Since becoming president, Trump has continued the practice of holding campaign-style stadium rallies. In June, he held a large one in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he mused on a variety of topics, from a recent Republican win in a special election for a congressional seat in Georgia and the next steps he would be taking to Make America Great Again, to, of course, the size of the crowd.

Mike and Rachel Gooder, horticulturalists from Cresco in Howard County, Iowa, were there that day.

“It was one of the highlights of my life,” Rachel said. “I was thoroughly impressed, first of all, with the way he put it on. And what Trump said. He was so down to earth and didn’t talk over people’s heads.”

“I have so much more respect for him than what I had before,” she added. “He was so easygoing. It was almost like he was talking to us and not giving a speech.”

Mike agreed: “It was gratifying to hear him speak about what his goals are. … His goals resonate well with just the average citizen. We want to be secure. We want to have opportunity. We want a future for the next generation. And we want our freedom.”

This video was originally featured as a part of the Washington Examiner’s series The Race to 2020: The people and places that will define a presidency. You can read more about Howard County, see more videos, or use the form below to get email updates about future updates.

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