Donald Trump may have earned 101,500 votes on Sunday during an initial “appearance” ahead of the Daytona 500 in Daytona, Florida — the seating capacity of Daytona International Speedway, where Trump visited to serve as grand marshal of the annual NASCAR race.
Let’s be honest, it’s Florida and it’s NASCAR, need we say more?
When Air Force One flew into the Daytona International Airport, right next to the speedway, he swooped over the crowd at an estimated 800 feet. The crowd seemed to love it.
“I have been to a lot of Daytona 500s,” one commentator said as Air Force One flew in, “never have I felt the excitement and energy. We’ve got great racing on the track but we’ve got the president landing right now, the fans are pumped up, I mean, wow, what a day!”
“It’s one of the most incredible things I’ve ever seen,” said another commentator. “They said that plane’s 800 feet above the racetrack right now. What an entrance by the president of the United States!”
— The Hill (@thehill) February 16, 2020
The president took a literal victory lap by parading “The Beast” around the race track as he appeared before a crowd of about 100,000 NASCAR fans.
— Alex Salvi (@alexsalvinews) February 16, 2020
The Daytona 500 is NASCAR’s most prestigious race. “Getting ready to go to the Daytona 500. Will be GREAT!” Trump tweeted Sunday morning.
Many people in Trump’s conservative base are NASCAR fans, and Trump’s campaign is taking advantage of the president’s appearance to fly an aerial banner near the speedway and run a television ad during the Fox broadcast of the race.