This is where President Donald Trump feels at home – on the road – at a campaign rally where he connects with his supporters.
And although the unrelenting and the very much deadly coronavirus has put a halt to big events, it didn’t stop Trump from holding rallies in Oklahoma and Arizona, hoping to generate more support as the November presidential election draws near.
And with just five months left for campaigning, Trump’s supporters from the Asian American community, including Filipino American leaders and elected officials, are stepping up efforts to re-elect the Republican president.
“There are a sizable number of us, who are in the Asian American community who believe in the Republican values, who believe in this president,” said Ron Falconi, the mayor of Brunswick, Ohio.
Mayor Falconi has recently been invited to be a member of the Asian Pacific American Advisory Committee to re-elect President Trump.
He is one of six Filipino Americans on the board. Utah’s Attorney General Sean Reyes is the co-chair.
Joining them are Vellie Dietrich Hall from Virginia, Belinda Keiser from Florida, Pastor Herman Martir of Texas and former governor of Guam, Eddie Baza Calvo.
“The goal is to make sure that the message from the president reaches everyone. And also, inform, mobilize, message people and ask questions that I think are important to every Filipinos.”
“Each of us has different roles and different backgrounds and we’re going to reach out to each of our respective communities and we’re going to drum up support for this president.”
Both Falconi and Martir are neither bothered by recent poll numbers showing Trump trailing Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. Nor are they worried that the president himself is doing his campaign harm with his recent controversial tweets on the pandemic and the civil unrest over police brutality and systemic racism.
“That’s the difference between a politician and a real person — because a politician will do everything to make himself look good. The president speaks from the heart.”
“It’s actually very refreshing to not just Asian Americans or Filipino Americans but to all Americans, to actually have a president such as Donald Trump who’s calling out the media when it needs to be called on, and calling it fake news when it needs to be called fake news.”
Trump’s campaign might have to count more heavily on advisory board members like Falconi and Martir in reaching supporters.
The president’s planned rally in Alabama next weekend has just been cancelled due to the surge in coronavirus cases across the country.
It’s unclear if there will be any other public events for the Trump campaign before the Republican national convention in August.