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Pray­ers, re­crim­i­na­tions at vigil out­side hos­pi­tal

`Cold overnight, but we wanted to be here'

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Jen­nifer Gilde brought a camp chair along with her to Wal­ter Reed Hos­pi­tal, where Don­ald Trump was be­ing treated for coro­n­avirus, so that she could stay out­side overnight to show her sup­port for the U.S. pres­i­dent.

De­spite liv­ing just 40 minutes away, Gilde has been here, perched in her camp chair, since Satur­day af­ter­noon to share her well wishes for Trump, along with dozens of other sup­port­ers.

“It was cold overnight, but we wanted to be here,” she told The Daily Tele­graph, adding that an­other friend had been sleep­ing here since Fri­day, when Trump was first trans­ported to the mil­i­tary hos­pi­tal just out­side of Washington D.C.

“I think it's im­por­tant to show our sup­port — he's our pres­i­dent,” Gilde said.

“We re­ally want to see him re- elected. This is a huge elec­tion for our na­tion so that's why I'm here.” Gilde was not op­ti­mistic that Trump's COVID-19 di­ag­no­sis would sway vot­ers one way or the other.

“Ev­ery­one I talk to re­ally has their mind made up,” she said, “so I'm hear­ing more of peo­ple wish­ing harm on him on the other side in­stead of hav­ing sym­pa­thy — al­though they should. That's ba­sic hu­man na­ture.

“I wouldn't want to see Bi­den get sick ... but it does seem like peo­ple have their mind made up.”

Oth­ers felt cer­tain that Trump's ill­ness would have an im­pact on his re-elec­tion cam­paign. “It's go­ing to give more com­pas­sion to the pres­i­dent,” said Bill, a Mary­land res­i­dent and navy vet­eran.

“Peo­ple have more sym­pa­thy be­cause he's gone through what they've gone through.”

An­other sup­porter, David Stone, held a hand­made sign read­ing “re­cov­ery zone,” and said he was hop­ing the pres­i­dent would draw strength from their dis­play of sup­port as he watched on from his nearby hos­pi­tal room.

A steady stream of cars have been honk­ing their horns as they pass the dozen or so sup­port­ers who have con­gre­gated with large mu­sic speak­ers, “Trump 2020” flags and hand­made signs declar­ing their love for the pres­i­dent. The group

be­gan gath­er­ing in earnest on Satur­day night, when de­tails about the se­ri­ous­ness of Trump's con­di­tion be­gan to emerge.

One Mary­land res­i­dent, who did not want to be named but said she had em­i­grated from China 30 years ago, said she had come to the hos­pi­tal to share her “pos­i­tive en­ergy” with the pres­i­dent.

One senior Repub­li­can Party fig­ure in the Mary­land branch told The Tele­graph that a mes­sage went out urg­ing lo­cal sup­port­ers to come to the hos­pi­tal and show their back­ing for the pres­i­dent. The fig­ure, who asked not to be named, claimed that among the peo­ple who had gath­ered out­side on Satur­day night were Trump sup­port­ers from the states of Mary­land, Vir­ginia, Mas­sachusetts, North Carolina and even Louisiana.

“It was amaz­ing. Peo­ple drove six, eight, 10 hours to come see him,” said the lo­cal party fig­ure, who went down in per­son on Satur­day to at­tend the gath­er­ing.

Mean­while, hun­dreds of Repub­li­can sup­port­ers gath­ered out­side Trump Tower in New York City Sun­day, with a con­voy of about 100 cars stop­ping traf­fic on 5th Av­enue as they honked their horns and chanted “four more years.”

IT WAS AMAZ­ING. PEO­PLE DROVE SIX, EIGHT, 10 HOURS TO COME SEE HIM.

 ?? ALEX EDELMAN / AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES ?? Sup­port­ers of U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump hold signs and flags on Sun­day out­side of Wal­ter Reed Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Bethesda, Md., hop­ing to re­lay “pos­i­tive en­ergy” to Trump as he bat­tles the coro­n­avirus.
ALEX EDELMAN / AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES Sup­port­ers of U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump hold signs and flags on Sun­day out­side of Wal­ter Reed Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Bethesda, Md., hop­ing to re­lay “pos­i­tive en­ergy” to Trump as he bat­tles the coro­n­avirus.

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