ORRINGTON – With just five days until Election Day, Donald Trump Jr. returned to Maine, making a pitch for his father’s re-election campaign.
Despite the rain, cold and last minute venue change, hundreds showed up in Orrington for a ‘Make America Great Again!’ event with President Donald Trump’s son.
Trump Jr. visited Maine for the second time this election season, stumping for his father in Maine’s second congressional district.
“This could be a district that decides the presidency,” Trump Jr. told the crowd.
The president’s son spoke for a little more than 20 minutes, drawing comparisons between his father and Democratic Presidential Candidate Joe Biden.
“Joe Biden’s been there for 47 years. You’d think if he would’ve been able to fix something, he would’ve done it by now,” Donald Trump Jr. said in a one-on-one interview.
“Name a single Joe Biden accomplishment, and if you can’t, isn’t that part of the problem? I would rather keep winning, I would rather keep putting up economic numbers like we’ve never seen before. I would rather keep signing peace deals in the Middle East, pulling us out of endless wars,” Trump Jr. said. “Donald Trump’s the guy that did that.”
Trump Jr. also touched on what he says his father has done to lower the cost of prescription drugs, and spoke about how some democrats want to pack the U.S. Supreme Court, drawing audible reactions from those in attendance.
He also urged Mainers to get out and vote.
“With you, we can do it, and we can keep fighting, and we can get another four more years of putting America first, and we can Make America Great Again,” Trump Jr. told the cheering crowd.
A campaign spokesperson said the event drew a crowd of more than 500 people, many of whom were not wearing masks, in violation of Governor Janet Mills’ COVID-19 guidelines, which Trump Jr. called “draconian measures.”
“Here and in the other Democrat-run states, they just, ‘Let’s just shut everything down. I don’t care if you lose your job, your business, your home,'” said Trump Jr. “That’s not a way to live. It’ll destroy, it’ll do so much more damage to America and Americans than anything the virus could ever do.”
We spoke with attendees who lived in Orrington, traveled from Boothbay Harbor, and places in between, all of whom were excited to listen to Trump Jr. speak.
“I want to bring my whole family out here and just show our support for our president,” said an Orrington man, whose family attends Calvary Chapel. He says President Trump is the most pro-life president we’ve had in our lifetime, something he says he and his family are “100% about.”
“It’s just the excitement of actually having part of President’s Trump’s family here and just being patriots,” said another woman who lives nearby.
When asked about how he felt about multiple visits from President Trump and his campaign in recent weeks, another Orrington resident said “it’s good that it’s happening, and I think it just makes everybody want to come out and vote, that’s really the important thing.”
“If we don’t put President Trump in the White House for four more years, it’s all over,” said Melvin Williams of Waldoboro, who chairs the Lincoln County Republicans Committee. “That’s why we’re here. We don’t care if it’s raining, snowing or what, we’re gonna do it.”
“You think what the president has done for us, and how tirelessly he’s been working for us, a little rain won’t hurt us,” said Jeanette Wheeler, who lives on the Mid Coast and was sitting next to Williams. “We’re Mainers.“
This rally was originally scheduled to be held at Greenway Equipment Sales, but the decision was made to move the rally after receiving a call from Maine DHHS regarding repercussions for breaking COVID-19 guidelines.
Instead, the event was held at the Calvary Chapel Church in Orrington, which made headlines earlier this year for suing the Mills Administration over what they called unfair COVID-19 mandates.