An Outpouring of Support for an Ailing Leader [OPINION]
Caravans consisting of cars, trucks, vans, and bikes stretched across many miles of roadway across the country over the weekend, including here in Massachusetts, in support of an ailing President Donald J. Trump.
The nation's waterways were dotted with vessels of all sizes carrying American flags, Trump 2020 banners, and signs wishing the Commander-in-Chief a speedy recovery.
Trump was hospitalized on Friday evening as a precaution after he and First Lady Melania Trump tested positive for COVID-19. He appears to be responding well to treatment for the virus and could be released as soon as today.
Supporters and well-wishers converged on Walter Reed National Military Medical Center almost immediately after the president arrived and have kept an around-the-clock vigil ever since.
On Sunday, Trump was driven past the crowd to show his gratitude for their support.
I've noted on these pages in the recent past the love that exists between Trump and his supporters. They chant "we love you" at his rallies. This kind of bond between an elected official and his supporters is rare in America. I cannot recall ever seeing anything quite like this before.
We will learn in a matter of days what Trump's brush with COVID-19 and the pandemic, in general, has meant to his future. Voters will elect a president on November 3, and whether the virus plays a role in their decision will be determined.
When the dust settles, regardless of the outcome, historians will recall this great love affair between Donald J. Trump and his supporters. It is one for the ages.
Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.