The largest crowd of the Republican Primary season welcomed Donald Trump to Mobile on Friday night. The billionaire businessman did not disappoint, circling Ladd-Peebles Stadium several times in his private jet before touching down. WKRG News 5 estimates that around 18,000 people attended the event.
Trump covered familiar ground at the pep rally, calling for an end to birthright citizenship, and promising to repeal and replace Obamacare. Both positions are popular in Alabama, as is The Donald himself. According to the latest polls, Trump has a commanding 31-15 lead over Jeb Bush in the race for the Republican nomination. As a deep red state, whoever wins the Republican Primary is sure to win the state’s electoral votes in the general election.
Before heading to the stadium, Trump briefly met with local leaders aboard his private jet. Mayor Sandy Stimpson and Senator Jeff Sessions both got some face to face time with the Republican candidate. Trump later called Senator Sessions to the stage during the rally. Trump has hailed Sessions’ stance on immigration.
Trump has been a breath of fresh air into a Republican Party that has generated little excitement the past two presidential election cycles. While both John McCain and Mitt Romney were solid candidates, they did little to generate enthusiasm with voters. Trump, with his bombastic attitude and celebrity appeal, has turbocharged the Republican base and raced to the top of the polls.