Donald Trump made yet another pathetic attempt to heal his bruised ego over the weekend, just as he wrapped up his disastrous first month in the White House. While in Florida, Trump decided to hold a re-election rally, apparently already gearing up for 2020.
While the idea of Trump campaigning for 2020 when his first month has been such an unprecedented mess is hilarious, an attendee who went to the rally with his 11-year-old daughter stated that this rally was anything but funny. In fact, Joel Tooley stated that the rally was downright “demonic.”
Tooley, lead pastor at First Church Of The Nazarene in Melbourne, was so disturbed by what he and his daughter witnessed at the rally that he vented about it on Facebook, detailing how traumatizing the whole experience had been. In his post, Tooley made sure to note that he wasn’t a Trump supporter, but felt watching a presidential speech might be a good educational moment for his daughter. He couldn’t have been more wrong.
Tooley recalled how disturbing it was to watch Trump’s supporters sing ‘God Bless The USA’:
People were being ushered into a deeply religious experience…and it made me completely uncomfortable. I felt like people were here to worship an ideology along with the man who was leading it. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t the song per se – it was this inexplicable movement that was happening in the room. It was a religious zeal.”
Tooley also said he was disgusted when Trump’s wife, Melania Trump, led the crowd in a prayer – which Tooley called “theatrical and manipulative.”
I can’t explain it, but I felt sick. People across the room were reciting it as if it were a pep squad cheer. At the close of the prayer, the room erupted in cheering. It was so uncomfortable.”
Tooley also admitted there had been violence as Trump fans attacked protesters, forcing him to get involved:
Two ladies in front of them began seething and screaming in their face while shaking their Trump signs at [the protesters]. As they continued chanting, the people around them became violently enraged. One angry man grabbed the lady’s arm – that’s when I went into action. I barged through the crowd and yelled at them to back off.”
Unfortunately, the situation escalated and put both Tooley and his young daughter in danger.
My 11-year-old daughter was clinging to my arm, sobbing in fear. The two angry, screaming ladies looked at me, both of them raised their middle finger at me in my face and repeatedly yelled, ‘F*#% YOU!’ Repeatedly.”
I have been in places and experiences before where demonic activity was palpable. The power of the Holy Spirit of God was protecting me in those moments and was once again protecting me and my daughter in this moment.
I raised my voice and calmly said, ‘These ladies have the right to do what they are doing and they are harming no one; this is America and they a right to express themselves in this way. They are harming no one.’ A couple of other people around me stepped in and supported me in protecting them as a barrier, as well.
My daughter was shaking in fear as she clung to me. The one man behind the protesters shoved himself forward, grabbed the lady by the arm and screamed with multiple expletives, ‘I’m going to take you out! This is my president and nobody has the right to disrespect him and nobody has the right to keep me from hearing him!’”
The hatred and rage Tooley and his daughter witnessed was like nothing they’d ever seen before, and Tooley pointed out that Trump was “counting on it” and thriving in such a hostile atmosphere:
My kid was shaken – she had just seen some of the worst of humanity. But, at the end of the day, what I felt from his leadership in this experience was actually horrifying. There was palpable fear in the room. There was thick anger and vengeance. He was counting on it.”
You can read Tooley’s full account below:
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