Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump received an emotional welcome Friday as he toured sections of Louisiana that were devastated this week by floods.
More than 40,000 homes were reported damaged in Louisiana after massive rains led to flooding. Thousands of residents had to be evacuated and many remain in shelters. Thirteen people died as a result of the floods.
Although Trump sought to make his visit without an entourage of media representatives, the media descended upon every place Trump stopped to find out what Louisiana residents thought about Trump.
Jeff Nolan, who was interviewed by ABC News, tearfully choked up as he spoke about Trump.
“Let’s see,” he said. “I didn’t lose anything compared to what a lot of people lost. I’m OK. It’s materialistic things. They can be replaced.”
“And having Trump here, that meant a lot to you?” ABC reporter Tom Llamas asked.
“Oh yes, yes,” he responded. “Because, hell, America’s gotta wake up! Donald Trump’s the way to wake us up. He’s waking America up, he’s gotta get busy. America’s got to get behind him.”
“Without America getting behind Donald Trump, we’re going to lose and lose bigger than this flood,” Nolan added. “So, America’s gotta wake up.”
At the Greenwell Springs Baptist Church in a hard-hit area of East Baton Rouge Parish, Kellie Michelli, who lost her home in the flood, said it did not matter if Trump donated to relief efforts, so long as he showed up.
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