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Trump Drives Democrats Crazy At Daytona

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Donald Trump was not the first President to attend the Daytona 500, George W. Bush made an appearance in 2004, but Trump’s appearance was by far the more memorable. President Trump’s visit to NASCAR’s Daytona International Speedway was classic Trump from its patriotic message, to its extravagant conception, to its effect on Democrat candidates and establishment media pundits.

First, it can be safely said that the warm up lap in the armored presidential limousine, AKA the Beast, is something that no one in the anally constricted Bush White House would have ever contemplated or allowed – Donald Trump made it look like it was imperative for a President get in the limo and lead 40 thundering race cars around the track for one of America’s hallmark national sporting events.

Second, visiting NACAR events is something recent Republican Presidents have all done, from Ronald Reagan, through both Bush administrations, to Donald Trump, so hitting a race has been an expected stop on the campaign calendar. The difference is that Donald Trump is the first to give evidence that he understands that NASCAR isn’t just a car race where a bunch of potential supporters are held captive for a campaign video – it’s a culture.

And Donald Trump delivered a pitch perfect cultural message to the NASCAR audience.

Calling the Daytona 500 a "legendary display of roaring engines, soaring spirits of the American skill, speed and power," Mr. Trump also congratulated new enlistees in the U.S. armed forces.

"To each of them and to every service member and veteran here today, as commander in chief of the greatest fighting force on the planet a force that just spent $2.5 trillion on rebuilding our military, I want to thank you for your service," the president said. "Now we approach the moment that you've all been waiting for. Soon, the cars will take to the track for the start, tires will screech, rubber will burn, fans will scream and the Great American Race will begin."

Attending the 62nd Daytona 500 with the president and first lady were Gold Star families and Staff Sergeant David Bellavia, who last year received the Medal of Honor from President Trump.

"As we wait for the green flag we give thanks to this beloved country, for the heroes who keep us safe and for the God who made us free," the president said.

"It really is the Great American Race, and I look at this as almost a patriotism kind of thing," he said. "It's incredible. The people are incredible."

Mr. Trump went on to laud NASCAR fans and drivers during an interview with Fox Sports, saying "we love NASCAR and we love the people of NASCAR."*

Naturally, this drove Democrats crazy.

As Madeline Osburn explained in The Federalist, White House reporters wasted no time vilifying Trump’s visit as a selfish, “political event,” ignoring the race’s significance as an American cultural event.

Ms. Osburn noted NBC White House Correspondent Kelly O’Donnell said he was “looking for NASCAR fans support in his re-election bid,” and noted the “official White House event” would be paid for by taxpayers, just as all presidential outings with Secret Service have been for all modern presidents.

New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman called the historical limo lap “using the official apparatus of government for what appears to be a political event.”

We think that maybe Kelly O’Donnell is not old enough to remember the 1992 presidential campaign, but Maggie Haberman certainly is, and so we contrast the reception President Trump got at the Daytona 500 with the reception Bill Clinton got when his motorcade entered Darlington speedway, where 70,000 rabid stock-car fans awaited the start of the Southern 500.

“Are you bringing that draft dodger in?” one man yelled.

“Go home, cheater!” another hollered.

And those were only the preliminary greetings. When the 1992 Democratic presidential nominee came into view of the grandstands, a cheer rang loudly from the crowd: “Bush, Bush!” thousands chanted, while others roundly booed Clinton.

Clinton went on to win the 1992 election, but the hostile greeting he got demonstrated that in the culture war Democrats had already lost the hearts and minds of NASCAR fans.

And it’s easy to understand why.

A NASCAR event typically begins with a prayer, the national anthem, a military color guard presentation of the flag, and a fly-over by some branch of the service. As Madeline Osburn explained, many jokes were made on Sunday about the race turning into a Trump rally, but the fact is, many more Americans have celebrated one of the country’s favorite pastimes than will ever attend all the Trump rallies combined. It’s a genius political move for the president to attend and to pay tribute to those supporters, but they didn’t attend to see the president. He attended to see them.

The reason why Democrats and the Mainstream Media suffered a sudden onset of Trump Derangement Syndrome is because NASCAR values are the antithesis of everything the leftists stand for - freedom, liberty and patriotism said Todd Starnes, and we agree.

*CBS News transcript of the President’s remarks

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