by ANDREW NEAL
Saturday evening, Air Force One landed at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, a motorcade cruised down Hall Road in record time, and Total Sports Park in Washington Township overflowed with red voters in red hats, ready to see the President of the United States.
Thousands of Michiganders welcomed President Donald Trump to Northern Macomb County, a Republican stronghold he calls “Trump Country.” He defeated Clinton in Macomb County in the 2016 presidential race, 54 to 42. Many credit (or blame, depending on your view) the county for Trump winning Michigan.
The Michigan Republican Party said over 35,000 supporters turned out for the rally.
“I love this state and I love the people of this state,” Trump said Saturday night, opting to visit Washington, Michigan over staying in D.C. for the White House Correspondents Dinner.
The 80-minute speech was delivered with anticipated campaign-rally flair, hitting all the high notes on cutting taxes, slashing regulations, and building the wall. “Our laws are so corrupt and stupid,” Trump said of the country’s current immigration laws.
Trump made headlines around the state for his remarks on the Soo Locks, which connect Lake Huron and Lake Superior in the upper peninsula’s Sault Ste. Marie. “Your lock, it’s not looking too well,” Trump said plainly, vowing to deliver federal funding to fix it.
There were a small handful of protesters on site, but most of the dissenters opted to hold their opposition rally a few miles away in Shelby Township. Over 100 people gathered at the UAW Local 400, including Democratic candidate for Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessell, who said the AG office is the “last line of defense to combat the Trump administration.”
Saturday’s rally in Washington Township marks the second speech Trump has delivered in Michigan since his presidential victory in 2016. The first was a March 2017 speech in Ypsilanti