• Will Milner

Four More Years: Attending President Trump's Re-election Campaign Rally

On June 18th, I had the opportunity to travel down to Orlando, Florida with our state chair to volunteer at the rally where Donald Trump announced his campaign for 2020 Presidential elections. This opportunity was incredibly exciting and we were eager to get this kind of experience at such a high level. We learned about the opportunity from the Florida state chair who mentioned that there was a need for volunteers so we contacted a member of the campaign to offer our assistance. While we were there I was assigned the job of voter registration which is a big part of the campaign's strategy in states like Florida. To make sure that we were ready for the big day, we went to training with the RNC field director who showed us the proper way to register voters and how to get people excited about the upcoming campaign.

On the day of the event, there was a lot of excitement around the Amway Center. I spoke to several people who had gotten there the day before and camped out over night to try to get as close as possible to the stage where Trump was to make his announcement. Even with the threat of severe weather, people remained excited about the upcoming rally. As it got closer to time for everyone to come inside, we went in to make sure everyone got seated safely and on time. While we waited for the doors to open we got to witness Trump's campaign manager, Brad Parscale, and Trump's 2020 press secretary, Kayleigh Mcenany, give interviews to several news outlets who were setting up for the speech.

As people filed in, there was a lot concern that the weather had sent people home and the stadium was not going to fill up. As it turned out, this was not the case and the stadium was filled to the very top by the time Trump came on stage. His speech was themed with "Promises Made and Promises Kept" and he spoke a lot about all that he had done in just two years, furthermore emphasizing what could be accomplished if he were given six more. The much anticipated speech kept the crowd engaged and cheering for nearly an hour and a half and the 20,000 people in attendance seemed very excited to get started with the re-election of the President in 2020. One of the best moments of the speech was when he had everyone vote on his new campaign slogan. He had people cheer to decide between keeping "Make America Great Again" or "Keep America Great."

All in all it was a fantastic experience that allowed Janey and I to see what truly goes into running a campaign and putting on a rally at the national level. This was something that we can take with us into our careers and look back on for the years to come, and we are excited to keep America great.

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