What an amazing exciting time to be republican. Never in my lifetime have I seen such huge crowds gathering to a republican candidate. Having republican voters so excited about their candidate has been invigorating. The crowd sizes even in the numbers that the liberal news media was willing to report were impressive. Night after night Donald Trump was meeting with thousands of Americans. It felt like a wave of excitement was sweeping through America.
And he seemed unstoppable, unflappable. Although he was not polished, made frequent gaffes and spoke in hyperbole which the press was anxious to fact check for us, he had the admiration of many for not letting the typical progressive pitfalls of social equity and political correctness get in the way of his messages for us. And out of a field of 17 the field was narrowing.
Then finally our primary season was here. Ballots were mailed. We had opportunity to actually provide Donald Trump with delegates that would put him closer to the goal! For once, our primary made us relevant. I could not remember the last time that had happened. It was very exciting to be a part of the primary season in more active sort of way. Usually, someone already has the nomination well in hand by the time we vote.
Prior to our ballot deadline, we received the news that the republicans had their presumptive nominee. Donald Trump was still shy some of his needed delegates, but Kacich and Cruz were suspending their campaigns because the numbers would not be adding up for them. That was when we got the stunning news that Donald Trump would continue with his plans to come to Oregon, not as a fundraiser mind you, but to hold a rally for republicans even though he was already the presumptive nominee. I was stunned! Never in my lifetime had a republican presumptive nominee appeared in Oregon prior to a primary election day! It was historic. I made plans to go to Eugene.
What a great time was had at that rally. It was so cool to meet people from all over Oregon who had made the trip to be there in line on a Friday afternoon. Even though we stood for hours, first in line outside and then waiting for the event to begin inside, it was so worth the trouble. I had a spot fairly close to the front and could easily hear what was said. He came out on the stage without a script, without a teleprompter, without note cards, just some Oregon statistics on a paper. We are so used to our Oregon media trying to pretty up the stats that is was rather shocking to hear the blunt truth in those statistics.
Mr. Trump told us that is was important for him to come to Oregon to make it clear we would be part of the economic recovery that would characterize his presidency. He wanted us to know we would not be lost amongst all the progressive policies of our state and that he had intentions for Oregon as well as the rest of the country. He did not want us to despair that we would be left behind.
My heart soared during that speech. I can’t remember the last time I was so full of hope for the future. All of sudden all the things we had hoped for and worked toward for so long seemed like a realistic possibility.
A few weeks later the Multnomah County Republican Party had an entry in the 82nd Avenue Parade of Roses. We saw people’s faces light up with a smile when they saw us. Imagine that! Republicans in Multnomah County! It truly seems like a new era for republicans in Oregon.
So while Oregon has not elected a republican to a statewide office since 2002, had a republican Governor since 1982, and since Ronald Reagan in 1984 has not had a republican win the presidential general election vote, Oregon just might go Trump for president in November!
Yard signs, palm cards, and stickers are currently available through your Multnomah County Republican Party if you would like to walk your neighborhood for Donald Trump.
Secretary, Multnomah County Republican Party