President Trump landed in Marine One around 6:30 Sunday night at the Hickory Regional Airport. He was flanked by five Osprey aircrafts in a dramatic entrance. The crowd erupted in thunderous applause and cheers when President Trump stepped out onto the tarmac.
An estimated 30,000 were inside the tarmac while thousands more stood outside the airport and the Hickory Crawdads Stadium. “Two days from now, we are going to win this great state, just like we did the last time,” he said. “I want to tell you it’s really windy up here. Thank goodness you have a president that doesn’t need teleprompters because these things are virtually useless,” Trump said. It was at that moment a scissor lift holding a large American flag blew over and hit a building. No injuries were reported.
The president spoke of his accomplishments and promises to come. He said in his second term he wants to rebuild the economy and be tough on China. “From Asheville to Charlotte, from Wilmington to Raleigh, from Greensboro to right here in Hickory, the greatest furniture in the country, and it is much better than what they make in China. We inherit the legacy of red blooded patriots who gave their lives to defend our country and our freedom.” He vowed to not change the name of Fort Bragg, as many waived their “Veterans for Trump” signs and cheered.
The president encouraged everyone to vote on election day. He also urged voters to re-elect Republican Senator Thom Tillis and to elect Republican Dan Forest as the next North Carolina governor.
Vice president Mike Pence briefly stopped by to thank the volunteers at the Hickory regional airport, after attending Alliance Bible Fellowship in Watauga county with Rev. Franklin Graham and Rep. Virginia Foxx.