By Thomas Madison
I ask you, is this a movement? Answer: See photo, above. Alabama Trump supporters pay The Donald rock star attention. For the second time in Alabama, where Trump leads in the polls by a country mile, a crowd of over 30,000 showed up Sunday to hear Trump’s hopeful message, “Make America Great Again.”
As with most Trump rallies, the rally held Sunday in Madison, Alabama moved from venue to larger venue to larger venue to accommodate the growing number of registrants who were signing up for tickets.
Donald Trump’s “America First” message has attracted massive support from American patriots. That support is as broad as it is deep, as evidenced by the rock concert-sized crowds that are appearing to hear him speak.
When I say “broad” support, I am referring to the diverse demographic support Trump has received, from blue collar to white collar, from WASP to minorities, from men to women, from young to old, and even from conservative Republicans to independents to moderate Democrats. The Donald appeals to ‘AMERICANS!”
According to AL.com, Major Jim Cooke with the Madison Police Department reported, “We’ve just never had that size of an event here before. Logistically, the way that’s laid out over there, I just can’t tell you what’s going to happen if a crowd of 20,000 people (shows up). I just don’t have a clue.”
The campaign began looking around for alternative venues after larger-than-expected crowds began registering to attend the rally.
The event was originally scheduled to be held at the AAL USA Inc. hangar on Wall-Triana Highway adjacent to Huntsville International Airport.
That plan was scrapped on Thursday because of the surging number of people who registered online for the free tickets to the rally.
More than 20,000 people have registered online to attend the Trump rally.
“They don’t really know,” Cooke said of Trump organizers regarding the crowd size. “They believe that approximately 20,000 people have obtained tickets but I don’t think anyone knows or has any way of knowing just how many people will show up.”
How about 35,000?
Photo, above: Madison Municipal Stadium, as it appears during a high school football game. An estimated 35,000 Trump supporters showed up, happy and proud to stand shoulder to shoulder on every square inch of the stadium, including the playing field, to see The Donald speak. The official capacity of the stadium is 20,000.
Among the highlights of the rally was another ringing endorsement for Trump (4:20 mark), this time from two of the Benghazi heroes, Mark Geist and John Tiegen, who are also co-authors of the book, 13 Hours. See their full, prepared endorsement beneath the video, below.
At the 19:30 mark the overflow crowd of 35,000 watches in awe as Trump’s private jetliner flies by, descending to a nearby airport.
From the Trump website:
(New York, NY) February 28th, 2016 – Today Donald J. Trump received the endorsement of two true American heroes, who fought against all odds in a hostile foreign land, to save more than twenty-five American lives. Mark “OZ” Geist and John “TIG” Tiegen are two of the individuals responsible for the defense and rescue of dozens of Americans during the terror attacks on the U.S. consulate and at the CIA compound in Benghazi.
Mr. Trump stated, “I am truly honored to have the support of these American heroes, the best of their generation. The American people can know with certainty, I will always place their interest above all else. I am the most militaristic person and it is so important to me to strengthen our military and protect American families and freedoms.”
Mark “OZ” Geist said, “We, perhaps more than any Americans, know the absolute and imperative reason that we elect Donald J. Trump as President of the United States. First and foremost, under a Trump administration, the request for additional security by an ambassador would have been heeded, and second, there is no question, when the attack came, he would have moved heaven and earth to provide the necessary forces to protect and reinforce our warriors. Mr. Trump is the bold, decisive leader America needs at this time”. Oz added, “Under President Trump, many conflicts will be avoided because our enemies will fear the United States and our military.”
John Tiegen added, “It is very clear to see the groundswell of support, never seen before in recent politics. Americans want a strong leader, one who cares more about the safety and freedom of the American people than he does winning elections, or what the press might think. In honor of those we have fought with, I am proud to endorse the next President of the United States, Donald J. Trump.”
Mr. Trump was joined by Mark and John at a campaign rally in Madison, Alabama attended by thousands just days before the March 1st primary contest.