President Donald Trump took his official limousine for a lap around the Daytona 500 track ahead of Sunday’s NASCAR race in Florida.
As “The Beast” rolled onto the storied speedway, the tens of thousands of fans in the stands erupted in applause. The warm welcome continued as the souped-up and armored Cadillac navigated the course and as Trump and the first lady, Melania Trump, exited the car.
The 2.5-mile loop was a presidential first.
Wow. Listen to that crowd! 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/aff3YIzZD2
— Erin Perrine (@ErinMPerrine) February 16, 2020
“NASCAR fans are patriots who support the president in huge numbers, so we definitely wanted to communicate directly with them about Keeping America Great during the Great American Race,” 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale said in a statement.
Florida is one of a handful of U.S. states that swing between Democrats and Republicans in presidential elections. Trump won the state, where he has golf courses and a home that is now considered his primary residence, in his race against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2016.
Trump plans a fundraising swing and political rallies in western states later this week.
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