President Donald Trump made a last minute surprise visit to Pensacola FL Friday evening and the atmosphere was predictably electrifying. Trump has caught criticism since the pandemic for hosting his signature “peaceful protests.”
During his first debate, President Trump accurately pointed out that his campaign rallies are large because people want to come to them, but won’t show up for his opponent Joe Biden’s much smaller events.
Former Vice President Joe Biden’s events average around sixty to one hundred attendees contrasted with the usual thousands that show up to a Trump event. Trump has rightly criticized Joe Biden as being “low energy” when you compare him to the president’s high impact crowd drawing stage performances.
Trump’s detractors frequently and without evidence classify his events as “super spreaders” in reference to their alleged ability to spread COVID-19 at an alarming rate despite mandatory temperature checks, hand sanitization, and recommended mask wearing.
Trump had a pep in his step as he disembarked Air Force One to take the stage Friday night at Pensacola International Airport’s ST Engineering hangar to punch away at the Biden campaign. The event marked the president’s second event in Florida for the day coming fresh off of his most recent presidential debate.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, Congressman Matt Gaetz, Alabama county commissioner Jerry Carl, and state house representative Alex Andrade were also in attendance. The president’s last visit to Pensacola was in 2018 while campaigning for Governor Ron DeSantis and Senator Rick Scott who both successfully won the bids for their respective seats after Trump’s endorsement.
Trump’s usual rhetoric was on full display as he condemned Biden’s desire to “pack the courts” in light of Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s 12 to 0 senate judiciary vote. Biden has said he will have to see what happens with the confirmation before he will answer questions about whether or not he wants to pack the court.
Barret — who’s confirmation will go to a full Senate vote today — is expected to be confirmed as the newest Supreme Court Justice. Barret’s confirmation will be the third Justice President Trump has appointed while in office.
At the rally, Trump blasted Biden saying, “you can’t vote for him if he’s gonna pack the court.” The president continued, “what if you had a supreme court full of radical Supreme Court Justices?”
Trump also made statements regarding the New York Post’s story about Joe Biden’s purported illegal business deal to sell his influence during his tenure as Vice President to Ukranian energy company Burisma through his son Hunter. The younger Biden was an executive on the company’s board at the time.
The president remarked “Joe Biden is a corrupt politician. This corruption is exactly the reason I ran in the first place.”
Burisma was being investigated by then Ukranian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin for corruption. Shokin was famously fired at the behest of then Vice President Joe Biden who threatened to withhold aid to Ukraine unless Shokin’s investigation of Burisma was terminated and then bragged about it on national coverage of a council on foreign relations in 2018.
President Trump was impeached earlier this year for asking Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to look into the matter while financial aid to Ukraine was being appropriately processed through legally required measures.
During the rally, the crowd erupted in separate chants to “Lock him up!” referring to both Joe Biden and Hunter Biden. The event also showcased a video with former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders accusing Joe Biden of lying about his intentions to end fossil fuels and fracking.
When Joe Biden replies to Sanders’ accusation, “I never said that!” the video then cut to footage and audio recordings of Biden himself stating that he will end fossil fuels and ban fracking. If true, a Biden presidency could negatively affect 272.6 million Americans by ending fossil fuel production, which includes automotive gasoline.
The evening concluded as Trump declared spending $2.5 trillion in military funding which included rebuilding Tyndall Air Force Base due to its devastation from Hurricane Michael. After the president gave his closing remarks, he once again danced to the beat of Village People’s “YMCA” before leaving the stage to hope on board Air Force One — waving to thousands of fans as he went.