Yesterday, President Donald Trump held a rally in Tampa, Florida in support of Florida Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis. Supporters of the president lined up for hours outside the Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall, giddy with the anticipation of catching a glimpse of their commander-in-chief.
Several supporters of the president were interviewed by the Herald Tribune, and their endearment of Trump seems to be boundless.
“I love our president,” Nora Kuehn of Ocala said. “I love what he’s doing. He’s the best thing that ever happened to our country — jobs, jobs, jobs.”
“Anybody Trump says he supports, I’ll support,” said enthused 75-year-old retiree Dwayne Bickford, referring to DeSantis. Bickford admitted he wasn’t following the governor’s race closely, and that Trump’s endorsement was enough for him to make up his mind.
Bickford was sporting a sign that read: “promises made, promises kept.”
But it was 48-year-old car salesman Gene Huber whose attitude was the most telling, and whose admiration of Trump offers a bleak peak into the grit of Trumpism.
“Promises made, promises kept, that’s what this man does,” said Huber.
“If he says he’s going to turn the moon purple I believe him.”
“He’s our messenger and we listen to him, that’s all we do,” Huber added. “I listen to our president and follow his agenda.”
This is what dictators love to hear. In fact, Trump has recently expressed his desire to be treated like an autocrat.
After he met with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in Singapore, Trump told Fox & Friends that Kim “speaks and his people sit up at attention.”
Trump then added: “I want my people to do the same.”
Couple this with the roaring applause Trump received at the rally after claiming a photo ID is required to buy groceries, Trump’s most ardent supporters seem to be willing to follow him wherever he may lead them. And right now, that path is losing its light.