Members of the Amish community in Fredericksburg, Ohio, hosted a horse-and-buggy parade in honor of Trump. As a way of promoting his reelection campaign among their population, the conservative community (who mostly live without modern technology) did something unusual. They came forward in support of President Trump, which goes against their longstanding habit of refraining from the greater American political debate.
The group of Amish people decorated their horse-drawn carriages with Trump campaign flags, as well as a few Old Glories spread throughout. Then, they set out down the state road, which was in desperate need of repairs. Although those in the parade did not use cellphones or cameras, someone was nearby and managed to capture the pro-Trump Amish parade in Ohio.
Fox News contributor Rachel Campos-Duffy claimed that she had NEVER seen the Amish come forward in support of a politician before. Because the farmers hosted the parade along the main street in their town, you can see the farm animals like cows and buffaloes in the background. The Amish even decorated their animals with pro-Trump memorabilia.
Whether Trump and his campaign team see these decorations or not has yet to be seen. However, Trump has been known to come forward and proclaim his love for individuals who decorate their land with his visage. For example, a few years ago, one farmer cut down a large portion of his crops so he could write a message in the field. Trump was impressed.
Campos-Duffy was very impressed with this Amish display of support for Trump.
She wrote: “Amish Trump parade. Trump parades boat, car rallies are happening all over the USA. They’re not organized by the campaign or local GOP. They are organic & people-powered. This is a Trump phenomenon. Never seen anything like it before in American politics.”
Other people on Twitter came forward to join the conversation.
“Talk about shy Trump voters, that Amish Trump parade in Fredericksburg Ohio was so cool. The polls don’t capture people that were never motivated to do stuff like this before.”
Another Twitter user shared their opinion, which was: “Things are really bad when the Amish, who are known to separate themselves from ‘the things of this world’ including no TV or Internet; are holding parades, and allowing images of themselves to be taken in order to promote a political candidate.”
It’s true – traditionally, Amish people do not use modern technology like smartphones or television. Without their connection to Trump, who prides himself in his appearances on television, it is uncertain how they were motivated to the streets. Perhaps, they simply agree with something he is doing.
Although Campos-Duffy proclaimed the Amish have “never” supported political figures before, she was wrong. Both Bush presidents reached out to the Amish community during their campaigns. There is also an Amish Political Action Committee (PAC), which strives to get more Amish to the polls – this was established after Trump won the general election in 2016.
With 300,000 Amish people in America, only 1,019 cast votes in 2016. Maybe the Amish could become a political force in America.