You know what they say, in politics, you play Peoria to Peoria, and you play bigot protectionist jackass to Mobile as The Donald held a Friday pep rally at a football stadium in Alabama.
Trump fans came by the thousands, driving from the Florida panhandle, from Mississippi, from Tennessee and Texas. Traffic was backed up for more than a mile.
On the street, Olaf Childress, a neo-Confederate activist, gave out copies of “The First Freedom” newspaper, which had headlines about “Black-on-white crime,” “occupied media” and “censored details of the Holocaust.”
The most-enthusiastic Trump backers began arriving at the stadium at dawn, hoping to get a spot close to the stage. The first in line were Keith Quackenbush, 54, and Bill Hart, 46, co-workers at a retail giant in Pensacola, Fla.
“I’m telling you, everyone who is a worker at our store, they’re excited about Trump,” Quackenbush said. “I don’t care what race or gender, whatever age — they love Trump. This is a movement.”
It's a movement alright, one as old as America itself. And it's one hell of an ugly one.
But none has put on a show like Trump. The scene Friday night resembled something between a Lynyrd Skynyrd concert and the Daytona 500.
People came to see a celebrity, Trump, but also to hear his fiery call to revolutionize the nation’s politics. Many folks here said they had never before attended a presidential campaign event.
Cheryl Burns, 60, was on a road trip from California when she heard that Trump would be in Alabama. She turned her car around and got in line, warning people of what happened to states when liberals took them over.
“There is no more California,” Burns said. “It’s now international, lawless territory. Everything is up for grabs. Illegal aliens are murdering people there. People are being raped. Trump isn’t lying about anything — the rest of the country just hasn’t found out yet.”
Pretty sure the rest of the country has found out about Trump at this point, and what he stands for: Punishing those people whenever possible. Sticking it to China, "illegals" and "inner-city gang members". Of course he's doing well in Alabama. Well enough to make these lovely "patriots" ignore his record and go all in for his dangerous rhetoric on immigration and race.
It's what they want, to lash out and "make them pay" so they can "take back our country". And those who are not like them aren't welcome at all.