by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Everything you’ve heard about a Trump rally is true: It is a coming together of a broad swath of people who still believe in the Constitution and the promise of America. They see Trump as someone who shares their views and, having made America great, can keep it great.
If you’ve watched rally videos, you already know what makes them so special: It’s Trump himself. He is exactly as you see him on the screen — a larger-than-life, uniquely American character, a showman who is nevertheless a person of tremendous substance and accomplishment. He’s also a comedian with the perfect timing of any performer who ever appeared on a Borscht Belt (aka Catskills) stage.
Given how urban and, indeed, how Jewish, Trump’s humor is, you’d think it wouldn’t sell well in South Carolina. Wrong. The audience loved it every bit as American audiences in mid-20th century America loved Jack Benny, George Burns, Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, or Danny Kaye. Once you’re in on the joke, you will always laugh.
What makes attending the rally special is the other attendees. Sadly, it was a mostly white crowd, with only a small number of black, Asian, and Hispanic people present. I say “sadly” because they would have been welcomed there.
When Trump spoke about outreach to the black community, the whole crowd roared its approval. People there clearly believe that blacks have been enslaved by the Democrat party for too long. It’s time for them to break free and come to a community that welcomes them as fellow Americans who can enjoy this land’s bounty, rather than as a victim class that can reliably be played for votes as needed.