LUMBERTON, N.C. (WMBF) – Coming off his announcement this week expressing his support for the federal recognition of the Lumbee Tribe, President Donald Trump campaigned in Lumberton, N.C.
“It’s good to see him in the Lumberton area. This is where the Lumbee Indians are at and they’ve been fighting for decades to become a tribe,” Trump supporter Joshua Florez said while waiting in line to get into the rally on Saturday morning.
“When I’m re-elected, I will proudly sign the Lumbee Recognition Act," the president said during the event.
Florez, who’s from North Carolina and has been to over 100 campaign rallies for the president, said he’s happy the Lumbee people could finally get more resources, recognition, and support.
“He’s officially going to make that happen for these guys; they’re part of the majority down here," Florez said.
President Trump also spoke about his wider campaign platform and touched on his typical rally topics like jobs and the current state of COVID-19.
Many of his supporters said the economy is why they’re voting to re-elect him as president.
“He’s going to bring America back slowly. I know he’s gonna do it, but he’s not closing it up," supporter Charlie Davis said.
Saturday’s event came as North Carolina records its third-highest number of coronavirus cases in one day since the start of the pandemic, with 2,584 new cases, according to the North Carolina Department of Health.
While the rally was held outdoors, social distancing was not maintained the entire day. Masks were handed out to attendees when they checked in, and some brought their own. But once inside the event, many did not have their masks on.
Still, for voters like Roxanne Maynor, she’s happy President Trump came back to North Carolina
“I was so excited that he was this close to home and I’d be able to see him," Maynor said.
The president was joined by Congressmen Dan Bishop and Richard Hudson, who are both running for re-election.
After his stop in Lumberton, Trump headed to an event in Ohio and then Wisconsin.