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10 Miles Of Cars Line Up For Trump, And A Raucous Night In A Small Town

September 4, 2020 By Christopher Bedford
8-10 minutes

county paper predicted a crowd of 2,000-plus for President Donald
Trump's 7 p.m. hangar stop. There are more than twice that many vehicles
in the parking lots and fields by 4.

Penn. — There are three roads to Arnold Palmer Regional Airport. The
traffic jam stretches 1.5 miles into Unity Township, out a mile toward
the country club, and eight miles toward Pittsburgh. Parking by a
mailbox and hoping we don’t get towed, we hustle past as the red
flag-waving line of packed cars, trucks, station wagons and occasional
motorcycles creeps slowly onward toward this evening’s festivities.

The county paper predicted a
crowd of 2,000-plus for President Donald Trump’s 7 p.m. hangar stop.
There are more than twice that many vehicles in the parking lots and
fields by 4, with some camping out overnight and miles more on their
way, slowly passing the Trump signs that decorate every other yard. The
president won this state by a paper-thin 44,000 votes four years ago,
and polls show a razor-tight race.

Rock drinkers might recognize the town of Latrobe from the cold, green
bottles they knock back, but the plant closed in 2006 amid stalling
sales talks, eventually moving far away.

Brewing had called this city home since 1939 — and left generations of
employees behind for the few hard years ahead. “Every bar had Rolling
Rock on tap,” the bartender at Touchdown Club tells us. “Everybody
boycotted it. Just this year people started drinking it again.”

Molina, a young-looking 36, tends bar at “the club.” Founded in ’47, it
was private for years, and the hand-written membership cards of
Steelers legend Terry Bradshaw, founder Art Rooney, owner Art Rooney II,
and hometown hero “Mr. Rogers” are framed on the wall. This town has
hosted football teams for 125 years, and the Steelers’ training camp is
just by the airport.

The old-timers
enjoyed old-time steakhouse cocktails like the grasshopper until the
last one passed just a few weeks before our visit. “If you sat in one of
their seats, they’d just stand there and look at you until you moved,”
Stacie laughs. I order a longneck Rolling Rock after assurances I won’t
upset any of the mid-afternoon drinkers.

Young and old, men and women, politicos and locals are
packing in as we make the near-mile trek from the roadside gravel we
hope won’t cause any trouble as a parking spot for the evening. You’ll
hear about “the festival atmosphere” from corporate reporters at Black
Lives Matter riots as arson’s smoke drifts pasts their cameras, but for
years Trump rallies have been more like big classic rock or country
music concerts, complete with a tailgating feel, laughter, broad smiles,
and a presidential soundtrack ranging from Guns n’ Roses to Celine

a laugh, reading intrepid reporters’ accounts of the hostile mobs they
claim to face at these events when the reality is far closer to the
harmless cheers and boos of a medieval fair’s jousting match. There will
be thousands who sit in traffic for hours just to get somewhere nearby,
but the only frown is on the face of a driver stuck for a moment in the
muddy grass of his makeshift “parking spot.”

helicopter drifts nearby and Phil Collins’ “In The Air Tonight” begins
as the loudspeaker announces Air Force One’s imminent arrival to booming
cheers, the playlist shifting to “Eye of the Tiger” as the national
plane pulls by.

stream down the faces of two older women in the crowd. “I’m just so
excited!” one exclaims, embarrassed, while a third friend chuckles and
pats her on the back.

from the iconic presidential backdrop to cheers, applause, and chants
of “USA!” the president launches right into it, praising “my late, great
friend Arnold Palmer” and promising the crowd “I will keep your jobs in
America, and I will bring violent looters, rioters, anarchists, I will
bring them to justice.”

“We have more
than 400 of them under arrest, these are bad people,” he continues,
listing administration accomplishments from defeating ISIS to tackling
“the China virus.”

“Now we have to get back to work,” he promises, counting the 61 days “until we win Pennsylvania.”

don’t have a lot of farmers in the crowd,” he says, moving off a quick
riff on trade. “We have boilermakers. We have a lot of boilermakers in
the crowds. You don’t mess with those guys,” he chuckles as fists rise
in bandstand to the right, filled with the men and families of
Pittsburgh’s Local 154, whose endorsement the president earned. “Those
are tough guys.”

“I watch Nancy
Pelosi say, ‘You must wear your mask, you have to wear your mask, and
we’re gonna keep every beauty salon closed in California, all across the
country,” he begins an hour in, launching into a comedy bit with his
mock-impersonation of the speaker. “And then I see a picture, I say,
“Where’s her mask?’ And I tell ya what, she must have treated that
beauty saloon owner very badly. She uses the salon and the salon turned
her in!?”

“The salon turned her in!”
he continues to the rising laughter. “I don’t think I would have turned
her in, I think I would have said, ‘Well, ya know, shes a customer! I
gotta take care of my customers, right?’ … How much do they hate Nancy

“She said ‘I was set up!'”
he adds a few moments later. “I want the salon owner to be leading the
House of Representatives! … Nancy, you’re not supposed to get set up,
you’re leading our country! … She’s a highly overrated person, they give
her such good play, she is a highly overrated person.”

they just turned off a camera,” he says, pointing toward the press
stands amid roaring boos and laughing thumbs-downs, “because they don’t
want me saying that!”

has fallen as the 90-minute, non-stop, no-warm-up evening comes to a
close and the president turns back to his prepared remarks, lifting the
crowd one last time with a rousing closer. “This is the commonwealth
where our union was saved by the heroes at Gettysburg, and where
generations of tough, strong workers mined the coal, worked the
railroads, forged the steel that made America into the greatest, most
powerful nation in the history of the world.”

citizens like you helped build this country, and together we are taking
back our country from these very, very deranged people. We are
returning power to you, the American people. With your help and your
devotion and your drive we are going to keep on working, we are going to
keep on fighting, and we are going to keep on winning, winning,

“We are one movement, one
people, one family, and one glorious nation under God. America swill
soon be thriving like never before. Next year will be the greatest
economic year in the history of our country, and together we will work
very hard. … We will make America wealthy again, we will make America
strong again, we will make America proud again, and we will make America
great again!”

As fans line up to buy
hats — “I’ll have the red MAGA one, the blue one, and the USA one” —
and folks help elderly relatives with an arm or a cleared path to walk,
the crowds empty into the evening. Outside, the fortunate among the
thousands of overflow viewers cheer and exchange slogans with the
luckiest ones in the hangar.

“I didn’t see any counter-protesters,” a woman says to her husband as they make their way back to the parking lot.

a full moon as we roll through the hills back toward the mountainside
highway. It’s been a lively night in Latrobe, and some fans will be
heading to the bars, but most will be headed home — the kids are getting
tired, and tomorrow is still a workday.

Bedford is a senior editor at The Federalist, the vice chairman of
Young Americans for Freedom, a board member at the National Journalism
Center, and the author of The Art of the Donald. Follow him on Twitter.


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