The son of President Donald Trump told a crowd of more than 250 Saturday that his father didn’t need the job in the Oval Office, but took it for something much bigger than himself.
Donald Trump Jr. made two campaign stops in the area for “Operation Make America Great Again” rallies — one in Robeson County, and one at the Cumberland County GOP headquarters in Fayetteville.
Trump arrived in Fayetteville shortly after 4:15 p.m. and spoke for about 30 minutes to a mostly masked crowd.
Trump did not mention his father’s recent coronavirus diagnosis, but focused on his father’s opponent, Joe Biden, Democrats and the media and highlighted what he said has been his father’s accomplishments as president during the past four years.
“On June 16, 2015, the day he announced his run, the last thing he said to me as we were going down the elevator before he sort of took that infamous escalator ride down with the first lady, he looked at me and he said very simply ‘And now we find out who our real friends are,’” Trump said.
Trump said his father “knew what would happen,” but took on the responsibility anyway.
“He had been sick of watching people who had no business making trillion-dollar decisions, making those decisions with no information or no knowledge,” Trump said.
Trump said his father took the job to “fight for freedoms, fight for the Constitution, our kids and grandkids, fix the Department of Veterans Affairs and end endless wars.”
Under his father’s administration, Trump said employment numbers are up and new businesses have opened, there’s been re-negotiations with the North American Free Trade Agreement and peace negotiations in the Middle East.
Among those attending the Fayetteville rally was 92-year-old Stedman resident Everett Huff.
Huff served in the Army for more than 20 years and National Guard for five years, including tours to Korea and Vietnam and is 100% disabled.
“I’ve been voting since Harry Truman, his last term,” Huff said. “I was in Korea and I voted absentee ballot and voted for him. … My grandfather had me working at the polls handing out cards in 1938.”
Since voting for Truman, Huff said he’s always known who he would vote for.
He said Trump is included in his votes.
“He talks a whole lot, but he’s the best talker I know,” Huff said.
Huff plans to early vote this year and said he continues to support Trump.
“For a man to come in without the political experience, he has taken care of the military, our needs, our money,” Huff said.
Huff said Social Security is an issue he thinks can still be worked on.
“That’s the hardest one in this country because you’re dealing with a lot of old hardheads like myself and a lot of young people going into it,” he said.
Fayetteville resident Tracey Hoskins attended Saturday’s event to show her support.
She said she’s attended every local rally Trump has held.
“I think he is the most pro-Christian, pro-Israel and pro-life president we’ve ever had,” Hoskins said. “I think he looks out for everybody, not just certain groups. He’s looking out for all Americans.”
Hoskins said she plans to vote in-person on Election Day this year, something she’s done every time there’s been an election.
“I’m hoping that we’ll win back the House and keep the Senate (in Congress),” she said.
Taking on his father’s opponent, Donald Trump Jr. questioned what Biden has done for “race relations” while serving in the Senate for 36 years or as vice president for “the first African American president.”
“If someone was working on your house to fix something for 47 years and still didn’t fix it, would you bring them on for another four?” Trump asked. “Would you give them a promotion? Yeah, you’d fire them really quickly.”
Trump referenced accusations against Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, and whether Hunter Biden accepted money from government agencies.
Trump also questioned whether Democrats will make allegations against his father’s nomination for the Supreme Court.
He called allegations that led to impeachment proceedings against his father about whether he colluded with Russia a “hoax.”
“I think that’s perhaps what’s most impressive about the Trump administration, not the economy, not the jobs, not the Middle East peace, not the ending of the wars, but the fact that he was able to do all those things, despite all of the nonsense that they threw at him,” Trump said. “That’s why you elected a fighter. That’s why you got someone who’s not just going to go with the norm, not just going to listen to the D.C. swamp and do what they say, but he’s going to challenge that, and when you challenge it, you can get something done.”
Staff writer Rachael Riley can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 910-486-3528.
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