Kyle Storm, 21, of Warren, Ohio, attended a bunch of Trump rallies during the presidential campaign, and he couldn’t wait to see the man speak as President, so he drove to Youngstown last Tuesday to see Trump at the Covelli Centre. Storm thinks the President will be able to bring jobs back to the struggling Mahoning Valley and said that he thinks Trump has done a good job during his first six months in office.
“Despite what some news outlets focus on,” Storm acknowledged, telling a reporter that he thinks the Russia allegations are stupid. “Do the American people really care about that or do they care about infrastructure and bringing jobs back?
From the look of the thousands of people who drove from as far as Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania and West Virginia to see the president speak directly to them in this Rust Belt city, they don’t care about the Russia investigation, either. They just want to see their country get back on its feet again.
The crowd in Ohio was amazing last night – broke all records. We all had a great time in a great State. Will be back soon!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017
Immigration, trade, supporting police officers and supporting the military and health care reform… these are all issues that mid-westerners care about, and President Trump is working on each and every one.
Dylan Lovett, 23, and his friend, Cade Montgomery, 18 drove from East Liverpool to see Trump speak. Both young men said that they are counting on their President to create more jobs in the region.
“There’s a stereotype that most of his supporters are older people,” Lovett said, acknowledging, “It affects everybody, whether you’re young or old.”
Trump told the audience how he and First Lady Melania noticed all of the empty factories lining the highway from from the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport in nearby Vienna, Ohio. Melania asked asked her husband what happened, and he explained to her that the industries that used to run those factories took their businesses out of Ohio.
“They’re all coming back,” Trump told the crowd, to which he received thunderous applause.
“We’re going to fill up those factories, or we’re going to tear them down and build new ones,” he added, telling everyone to remain in the area, and don’t sell their homes.
Donald Skowron, a retired Youngstown police officer, said that he’s pleased with the president’s performance so far. “He has set the exact tone I was looking for, although I’ll be honest, I wish he didn’t tweet all of the time, but that is hardly anything to complain,” he said, noting that he’s been especially encouraged after reading about President Trump’s frequent meetings with industry leaders, union and trade members in an effort to facilitate job creation. “We have a president invested in trying to navigate between the people who create jobs and the men and women doing the jobs and how repealing regulations help both.”
While the mainstream media harped on the Russia investigation, they ignored the fact that Trump received a hero’s welcome in Youngstown, despite the small band of ever-present protesters lurking a few blocks away. One even made his way into the rally and had to be led out by police, with Trump observing, “He’s a young one. He’s going back home to Mommy. He’s in trouble. And I’ll bet his Mommy voted for me!” The crowd roared with laughter.
On Monday, police said the advance ticket request of over 20,000 had exceeded the 6,000-seat capacity of the center, prompting the event coordinators to put a large screen outside the center for the overflow crowd.
Dave Torrance, 71, of Hermitage, Pa., drove to Youngstown with three of his friends to see Trump. Torrance, who is black, says he gets put down by people when they find out that he’s a Trump supporter.
“They don’t understand why I think he is doing OK,” he said. “They don’t think because I am black that I should support him. I am polite about it, but I tell them that politics isn’t about color, it is about accomplishments, and I think Trump is doing the right things.”