A pastor from the First Church of the Nazarene in Melbourne, Florida, claimed his experience at President Donald Trump’s weekend campaign rally was horrifying both for him and his 11-year-old daughter.
In a lengthy Facebook post, Joel Tooley admitted he wasn’t a supporter of the Republican presidential candidate, but now that he is the president he thought taking his daughter to the campaign rally would give her a good sense of civics.
However, what the young girl and her father experienced was anything but civic.
Tooley explained the way supporters sang “God Bless the USA” gave an “almost church-like” feel.
Idolatry was at its peaks and the pastor experienced some impatient Trump followers.
“People were being ushered into a deeply religious experience… and it made me completely uncomfortable,” he continued in his post. “I felt like people were here to worship an ideology along with the man who was leading it. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t the song per se — it was this inexplicable movement that was happening in the room. It was a religious zeal.”
He did not feel good about first lady Melania Trump’s reading of the “Lord’s Prayer” either, claiming it looked “theatrical and manipulative.”
“I can’t explain it, but I felt sick,” he remarked. “People across the room were reciting it as if it were a pep squad cheer. At the close of the prayer, the room erupted in cheering. It was so uncomfortable.”
Tooley then mentioned a dreadful incident that almost shook his young daughter.
There were two women protesting against the commander-in-chief at the rally, which drew the ire from furious Trump followers. When Tooley stepped in to save them, the supporters started yelling at him as well.
While entering the hall, a supporter handed Tooley a “Make America Great Again!" sign, which he didn’t want to hold because he didn’t support the business mogul.
That sign mislead the female protesters, who began yelling expletives at him out of “demonic anger.”
The pastor believed that the spirit of God saved him and his daughter. Both women also had children — one had an 8-year-old while the other had a child who was in a wheelchair.
Trump supporters gathered around and started bullying them.
The pastor calmed everyone down by saying they have a right to protest, while some people called his act of defending them “un-American” some high fived him for his bravery.
Finally, those women stepped out of the building with their children.
Tooley’s experience at a pro-Trump rally does not sound alien. After all, the former reality TV star is the brand ambassador of racism (even if he thinks he is the "least racist person.")
“My 11-year-old daughter was clinging to my arm, sobbing in fear,” wrote Tooley.
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