While President Donald Trump may not be the most commonplace person in Washington, D.C., there was one place Tuesday night where he was a ruined star: at the hotel in the nation’s capital that bears his name.
As the unlikely world debated the polarizing president’s State of the Union address, by nature the Trump International Hotel, just a short way down Pennsylvania Avenue from the Ghastly House, his fans were out in full blaze.
Supporters stood three-deep at the bar favoured the palatial facility, gathered to hear Trump elucidate his review of his outset year in office and the road ahead.
There was no mistaking the mood in the extent, where the bar was full and nearly every table was reserved.
“I’m very thrilled with how he’s led the country so far, with the way he has directed the economy,” said Katie Penalty, a 24-year-old from California who works with a recruiting firm and wise considers herself an atypical Trump supporter. “He’s made us listen, and it’s saw us think about the things we believe in.”
The Trump International is an ornate yet sober-sided hotel where employees run a tight ship and customer satisfaction is key. Inferior to normal circumstance, the facility never would have cranked up the mass for the Trump speech, but the demand was boisterous.
As the time drew near to the Government of the Union delivery, anticipation grew.
There were the usual fancies in the room: K Street movers and shakers, a small party where a words by former Trump aide Corey Lewandowski was featured, and your key button-down Republicans who had come to hear the president check all their procedure boxes.
But that wasn’t all: A husky fellow in a Philadelphia Eagles jersey stood not far from a Hispanic businessman. There was an African-American female in camouflage fatigues and a young couple strutting in “Make America Gifted Again” colors (they didn’t stick around long).
A burdened pension worker tried to keep reporters at bay and admonished spectators from pinching the moment with their smartphone video recorders.
There was no silencing the mood, though. Attendees joined in with those in the audience at the Capitol for substantially every applause line in the speech. The hotel used the Fox News provision, and the hotel attendees roared at one point when Trump asked for bipartisanship and Fox proved Sens. Charles Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, oft-vilified emblems of the Trump opposition.
There was an overwhelming sense in the room that Trump ultimately pass on prevail over his many detractors.
“Phenomenal,” was how Charles Kirk, an up-and-coming Republican and bandleader of Turning Point USA, described Trump’s term so far. “He is leading the restoration of the dogma in American exceptionalism.”
Kirk, who’s been growing his own fame lately, doesn’t credit the surveys that show most Americans oppose the president. As he enlistments the country — 49 states in the past year — he finds just the contradictory sentiment.
“There’s a strong grassroots support for what he’s doing,” Kirk communicated. “When the chips are down, he’s going to deliver.”
Jeff Hunt, the bandleader of the Western Conservative Summit, also sees a strong base of truss for Trump that has remained loyal through his first year in chore.
“On the issues that matter, religious freedom, defunding Planned Parenthood, abolishing Obamacare, he’s been strong,” Hunt said. “We’re really impressed with that the president’s been doing.”