Not so says Will Estrada, who was there as chairman of the Loudoun County Republican Committee.
Estrada wrote of his experience.
On Monday evening, a senior Trump staffer emailed me and asked me if I would be willing to give the invocation at the rally. I said I'd be happy to, but I also told him that as a born again Christian, I end my prayers with "I pray all of this in the name of Jesus." Since I know that in this day and age mentionoing the name of Jesus can offend some people, I said I'd understand if they preferred that someone else give the invocation. His response to me was: "We know that's how you pray, that's why we asked you."Then there was the Purple Heart:
The first person to get a photo with him was an older man. We had been chatting before-hand while all of us were waiting for Trump to arrive, and he introduced himself as Lieutenant Colonel Louis Dorfman and he had served in the 82nd Airborne. He shook hands with Donald Trump, and handed him his Purple Heart saying he wanted Trump to have it as thanks for standing up for wounded vets. Trump was surprised and said something like "I can't take this!" We were all surprised and not expecting this. It was pretty cool to see the respect this veteran had for Trump.Then there was meeting Trump:
Then it was my turn to shake hands with Trump and get my photo taken. I told Mr. Trump that I was the chairman of the Loudoun County Republican Committee and he immediately stopped and looked at me: "Will, how do I win Loudoun?" he asked me. We started talking and he called over one of his staffers. "George, these people here in Virginia know what we need to do to win Virginia." And then -- in a really cool turn of events - John Whitbeck, the GOP chairs of Prince William County and Arlington County, Trump's campaign staffer, and me are all huddled in a corner, photos forgotten, strategizing on how Trump will win Virginia. Trump didn't do a lot of talking. He listened to all of us, he made sure his staff had our emails, and he said that we would have everything we needed.Finally came the speech and the baby:
I was there and saw and heard the entire event with the mom and baby. There was nothing to it. But then after I'm reading all the news coverage saying "Trump hates moms and babies!!!" I started to doubt myself. Did I really miss a huge story right in front of me? I started asking others who were there, including a husband and wife with young kids. And everyone in the room said the same thing: there was no story here. Trump was being funny and personable and going out of his way to make sure the mom wasn't embarrassed by making it a funny situation. My conclusion is that the media is selling us a narrative. Be very skeptical of what the media is telling you, because I saw it with my own eyes and it was something very different.People ask me why I titled the book, "Trump the Press."
Because they would have censored the verb I wanted to use.
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