At a “Keep America Great” campaign rally Wednesday night, President Trump acknowledged a 100-year-old World War II veteran attending the event and had several people carry the man to the stage.
“It is all over TV that the folks here tonight have helped a great World War II veteran into the arena,” Trump said to applause. “I don’t know if he knows it but he’s right now the hottest celebrity in the world. I don’t know what’s going on here. He might even be hotter than Trump right now, I have to say.”
“He is all over television. Even fake news CNN had him on,” Trump said to boos.
“But they say he is a legitimate hero of World War II, Ervin Julian. Ervin, thank you,” the president said to ‘USA!’ chants from the audience.
“I asked my son Don to get a couple of hats and get some things and give them to Ervin right now and I want to thank you, really, that’s a great honor and thank you for the great job you’ve done, an American patriot, thank you very much,” Trump said.
“Thank you, Don,” the president said to his son.
“How did Don do tonight? Okay? He is good. Good guy. And he loves this country,” Trump said about his son.
This is 100-year-old Ervin Julian, a Navy veteran of World War II, and a proud Trump supporter.
Such an honor to have him in attendance.
Tonight’s rally in Phoenix is amazing. https://t.co/fScdnHtVG3
— Tim Murtaugh – Text TRUMP to 88022 (@TimMurtaugh) February 20, 2020
Trump held the rally at the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The arena has a capacity of 14,870.