A Florida pastor who attended President Trump’s campaign rally in Melbourne, Florida last weekend was so disgusted with the grandiose display put on by our new president, that he had to leave before it was even over.
Despite the fact that he’s not a Trump supporter, Pastor Joel Tooley of the First Church of the Nazarene in Melbourne, Florida attended the rally in hopes of providing his 11-year-old daughter with the enriching experience of seeing the President of the United States in-the-flesh.
“After all, how many times do you get to see the President of the United States in person – let alone in your hometown?” Tooley questioned in a Facebook post he wrote following the rally. “I was eager for her to have this experience. It has to be a pretty cool thing, as a kid to see Air Force One, the President and the First Lady.”
However, the rally quickly felt more like a stage performance than anything, Tooley recounted on Facebook:
‘As [President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump] entered the venue and walked to the platform, there was terrific celebration. I have been in the room when other Presidents were in a similar mode – it is always such a meaningful experience to be that close to them, regardless of whether or not you view them with adoration.’
He continued, explaining how First Lady Melania Trump’s “theatrical” speech made him feel ill.
‘The First Lady approached the platform and in her rich accent, began to recite the Lord’s prayer. I can’t explain it, but I felt sick. This wasn’t a prayer beseeching the presence of Almighty God, it felt theatrical and manipulative.’
Describing how uncomfortable, he continued, noting that President Trump didn’t begin reciting the prayer until the very end:
‘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. I observed that Mr. Trump did not recite the prayer until the very last line, “be the glory forever and ever, amen!” As he raised his hands in the air, evoking a cheer from the crowd.’
Before long, things took a violent turn. Similarly to Trump’s campaign rallies leading up to the election, Tooley described a “Make America Great Again” sign as being the only thing protecting him and anti-Trump protestors from getting injured by what refers to as an “angry mob” of Trump supporters.
‘I didn’t actually want a Trump sign, but one of the volunteers had shoved it into my hands as I walked through the door earlier; “Make America Great Again!” That sign probably saved someone from getting hurt. I held the sign close to my chest as I positioned myself between the chanting protesters and the angry mob. My 11-year-old daughter was clinging to my arm, sobbing in fear.’
Read Tooley’s full post below, via Facebook:
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