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Donald Trump flew into Mobile, Alabama, last night and spoke to an enthusiastice crowd of 30,000 people. There's no doubt they love him, but do they actually want him for President of the United States. Time will tell . . .
Over an hour of often rambling remarks, the New York businessman reveled in the crowd size while he offered them his usual menu of patriotic pledges and carefree criticism of the media, his opponents and political correctness that he said his crowd similarly despised.
"We've gotten an amazing reception," Trump said as he began his remarks, turning his back to the podium at the Ladd-Peebles Stadium and pointing to the rafters behind him. "Has this been crazy? Man!"
The event had the trappings of a big Friday night high school match-up. Trump flew by the stadium in his private jet shortly before 6 p.m., doing a loop around the arena before landing. The fly-by was announced over the stadium's loudspeaker to cheers.
From Politicus USA
After Trump ran through his lines about suing Macy’s and Univision, two of the three cable networks had seen enough and cut away.
CNN cut away to a discussion of whether or not the term anchor baby is a slur. MSNBC flipped it back to Chris Hayes, who mocked Trump’s bragging.
It seems that at least some in the media are growing tired of the Trump circus. The truth about Donald Trump is that his speeches are rambling and boring. A Donald Trump speech is a lot like listening to your Fox News-watching relative spout off for hours because they think they are informed.
Producer in my ear "We had no fact check for this because we can't figure out what he's talking about" #inners— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) August 22, 2015
Trump Likes: American Flag, Fox News, The Bible, Americans, Alabama, New Hampshire, Iowa.— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) August 22, 2015
Byron York in Washington Examiner
Trump had predicted up to 40,000 people would fill Ladd-Peebles Stadium. That would have been huge, had it happened. As it was, filling about half the stadium was huge, too -- extremely impressive by any standard, except Trump's own.
How did Trump do? He gave what is now his trademark speech, which means it was a long stream of consciousness address incorporating all sorts of extraneous information about his business dealings but also connecting with audiences, both in the stadium and on television, with his outsider's message on immigration and trade. And all in Trump's distinctive style. Like this: "The 14th Amendment? You know what? I was right on it. You can do something with it, and you can do something fast." It's a style that probably works better in a smaller setting than a stadium. But Trump still made his points.
Donald Trump Alabama FULL SPEECH - Donald Trump Campaign Rally Mobile Al... https://t.co/2U8hkPU0M5 via @YouTube— LADIES 4 TRUMP (@ladies4trump) August 22, 2015
"Welcome to Mobile" pic.twitter.com/TL9pmfpYJt— Robert Costa (@costareports) August 21, 2015
Another look at the long line to see Donald Trump in Mobile, AL #Trump2016 pic.twitter.com/g5SroOwBO4— Katie Hammond (@kshammond) August 21, 2015
This is the wildest campaign I've ever seen. pic.twitter.com/jCnHTBRFU1— Robert Costa (@costareports) August 21, 2015
As the plane leaves, they played Van Halen's "Jump" -- only with people yelling "Trump" at the "Jump" part.— Robert Costa (@costareports) August 21, 2015
Plane just flew over the stadium: Trump 4 higher taxes, Jeb 4 Prez. pic.twitter.com/tsWqDuOV2s— Ali Vitali (@alivitali) August 21, 2015
Friday Night Whites pic.twitter.com/wJCpjJ2Ohm— Will Bunch (@Will_Bunch) August 22, 2015
Alabama crowd now wildly cheers Trump for saying he’ll “rebuild our military.” We’re spending more than half the US budget on the military.— Charles Johnson (@Green_Footballs) August 22, 2015
"Donald welcome to my home town Mobile, Alabama" @SenatorSessions http://t.co/a7v262KYT1 #TrumpinMobile #Trump2016 pic.twitter.com/mc9W9YM1tz— AL.com (@aldotcom) August 22, 2015
A supporter made this sign with Jeff Sessions as his running mate. Anti-immigration dream team? #TrumpinMobile pic.twitter.com/NCwPM5ya6n— Amanda L. Scott (@amandalscott2) August 21, 2015
The crowd pic.twitter.com/89o5rZmJEQ— Robert Costa (@costareports) August 21, 2015
About 30,000 people came out to hear @realDonaldTrump speak in Mobile, Ala., Friday night. http://t.co/6dmWSW3jWo— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) August 22, 2015
And here's Barack Obama speaking to a crowd TWICE as big as Trump's in December 2007 pic.twitter.com/jBP8DAXbax— Wyeth Ruthven (@wyethwire) August 22, 2015
Hey Donald Trump, where are those 40,000 people that were gonna show up in Alabama? #ComeDownANotch— Sulie (@ThatsJustBogus) August 21, 2015
Those seats were filled with people he paid to be there. At 50 bucks a head Trump can easily afford that. #TrumpinMobile— ♔Maliheh♔ (@Maliheh_) August 22, 2015
Trump, Mobile: rambling, gobby speech, stadium <half full, many there out of curiosity. Significant surge but this ain't some huge movement.— Toby Harnden (@tobyharnden) August 22, 2015
So last night @realDonaldTrump compared himself to Billy Graham & said his book The Art of the Deal was second only to the Bible— Toby Harnden (@tobyharnden) August 22, 2015
Having underplayed Trump's viability, media is now overplaying it - treating him like some person who could be president.— Toby Harnden (@tobyharnden) August 22, 2015
This couple is praying as they wait for Trump pic.twitter.com/7chGeSoYah— Robert Costa (@costareports) August 21, 2015
Trump waves hat to the crowd & OMG that thing is off his head and running loose in the crowd #TrumpinMobile #Trump2016— JD Crowe (@CroweJam) August 22, 2015
Trump motorcade in Mobile... All Cadillac SUVs. All black. 🚔 escort. Then ✈️. H/t @costareports pic.twitter.com/j35LIMW1Bj— Cliff Sims (@Cliff_Sims) August 22, 2015