It’s a welcome distraction for a president whose first months in office have been dominated by self-inflicted controversy and roadblocks, courtesy of federal courts and a divided
“We have done far more, I think maybe more than anybody’s done in this office in 50 days, that I can tell you,” Trump said to cheers from thousands of supporters at a campaign rally in
In Trump’s rally telling, things in
He railed against a federal judge for once again stymieing what he called a “watered-down version” of his travel ban an hour before he took the stage, but assured supporters he’d take the case to the
On the trip back to
“Quite an event, huh?” he said, appearing without warning, with no staff in tow. “It was a big crowd. Great crowd. That was a great crowd. Great people, great spirit.”
He said he plans to continue the events, holding rallies every two weeks.
Throughout the campaign, Trump relied on his rallies to speak directly to his supporters. Networks often carried the events live, giving Trump what were essentially free 50-minute infomercials watched by millions.
The events also energized Trump, who thrives on the rush of performing to adoring crowds.
On Wednesday night, he seemed transported back to the campaign — a time of promise and fewer responsibilities. The event had all the trappings of his rallies of old: the eclectic soundtrack and the chants of “Lock her up,” aimed at former rival
“There’s no place I’d rather be than with you here tonight, with the hard-working citizens of our country,” he told the crowd.
He’d spoken earlier to an enthusiastic audience of auto workers at a rally not far from
“It’s good for all of us to get out of the bubble and remind ourselves it’s a huge country out there, and it’s filled with people who support the president and are rooting for his success,” said
Conway said the rally stage has “always been a natural habitat” for Trump, giving him a platform to take his case directly to his people. “That’s always been where he’s most comfortable,” she said.
The distraction is especially important for a president whose anger can lead to tweets — and self-inflicted political wounds. The ramp-up comes as staffers have worked to keep Trump away from critical television programs that work him up.
The events are run by Trump’s campaign committee, which maintains an active operation. Executive director
“If your candidate — and now your president — has the ability, and his supporters have the desire and the drive to see him in the way that you can stage events like this, why would you stop?” he asked. “It energizes the president, it energizes the supporters.”
Glassner said that while the campaign runs the rallies, the
So far, the locations have raised some eyebrows. The decision to visit
Conway disagreed: “Nobody’s thinking about political campaigns,” she said, noting that
“What he’s doing is he’s going directly to the people,” said