The clip, which showed several horses trotting along with Amish-style buggies in tow, flags flapping in the breeze somewhere in Pennsylvania, was initially posted to Twitter on Monday night. A sizable Amish contingent reportedly showed up for at least one of the president’s rallies in the state.
You know it’s going to be a landslide when the Amish start to rally and create their own Trump Train 😎🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/HFzyb0s5cP
— 45🇺🇸 (@45F0RLIFE) November 3, 2020
Amish support for President Trump🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/XuBWyzT4yR
— jojo2016 (@kousama2016) November 1, 2020
While the Amish are not known for holding strong political allegiances, ninety percent of registered Amish voters are Republicans, and Trump has made a point of reaching out to them. He met with one group at the White House in January and praised the craftsmanship of “the Pennsylvania Dutch” during a rally in Lititz, Pennsylvania last week as several Amish-looking young men stood behind him.
Listen to this Trump riff on the Amish: "We have Pennsylvania Dutch…They're great people…Pennsylvania Dutch are voting en masse…Hard workers, incredible craftsmen. You've done work for me over the years, I'll tell ya. They can throw up a barn in about two days" #TrumpRally pic.twitter.com/LGEUeg14fh
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) October 26, 2020
“They can throw up a barn in about two days,” the president marveled after observing that the hardworking Amish don’t want to elect “a guy who sleeps all day in a basement” – a pointed dig at his Democratic rival Joe Biden, who made a bare minimum of public appearances over the last eight months.
Many on social media interpreted the buggy-train as a sign that Trump had a serious “silent majority” waiting in the wings to deliver victory, with many spreading the rumor that the Amish had “registered their WOMEN to vote for the first time.” A pro-Trump PAC called Amish PAC has been working since mid-2019 to build support for Trump’s reelection in southeastern Pennsylvania.
I’m here for it!! The enthusiasm for trump is unlike I’ve ever seen for any candidate. Period.
— Beth Oetker Butler (@boetker) November 3, 2020
I'm guessing these people didn't respond to pollsters either.
— Timothy Peterson (@nsquaredcrypto) November 3, 2020
Others figured if the Amish couldn’t deliver victory themselves, they could at least enforce it.
@CholeraFan when the Amish are getting down on Trump like this, Americans are dead serious 😂
— Tired of Shutdowns (@tired_fighting) November 3, 2020
Amish have gone gangster. Don't underestimate the Amish. They have their own mafia.
— Tru Justice (@FarRightGirl) November 3, 2020
However, not everyone was sold on the “Amish go for Trump” narrative. Several questioned what the modernity-loving billionaire candidate would have to offer to believers in a simpler style of life…
Can someone please explain to me why the Amish would ever consider supporting/voting Trump?
— Sandra Macleod White (@Brava_Sandra) November 3, 2020
…while others pointed out that the Amish vote was little more than a rounding error next to the entire population of Pennsylvania.
Yeah. ‘Cos the Amish are the biggest demographic in PA.
Oh, no, wait. They’re not even biggest demographic in Lancaster County.
— Philip Nolan (@philipnolan1) November 3, 2020
Narrator: this is not, in fact, indicative of a landslide
— Tim Ellis, Climate Voter for Biden 🌹 (@DJDynamicNC) November 3, 2020
Trump supporters have found allies in unlikely quarters, as some tweeters reminded nervous voters on election day. An order of nuns, certain rappers, and some groups of Orthodox Jews have defied expectations to make their support for the president public.
Trump has the Amish, Lil Pump, Nuns, Kanye West, Farmers, Lil Wayne, Police and Small Business owners. Amazing. https://t.co/ZbytKw8eDE
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) November 3, 2020
Trump has the Amish, the rappers, the gays, the ranchers, the Latinos, the cops, and the Nuns (Praying the Rosary for this madhouse).
Tears of laughter are rolling down my face and I can’t wait for four more years of this wild American family working together. https://t.co/3sNvXecoEX
— BDW (@BryanDeanWright) November 3, 2020
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