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On the eve of claiming the delegates needed to win the Republican nomination for the presidency, and after a night when images of anti-Trump demonstrators attacking police and police horses were seen by millions of television viewers, Donald Trump demonstrated why although he may not be the choice of the pundits and may horrify the Republican establishment, he is the choice of the people.

When Trump took the stage at the Anaheim Convention Center on Wednesday, he told the overflow crowd, “So, here’s what happened. I got here and they said ‘we have a great crowd, but we don’t have time… for the national anthem,’” emphasizing that it wasn’t just an opening speech or a any song that was being omitted by the organizers, but the Star Spangled Banner.

Trump went on slowly with continued emphasis, “I said, yes we do... we have time for the national anthem. Right?”

And, as the expression goes, the crowd went wild.

Standing behind the billionaire real estate mogul who self-funded his improbable to the nomination, Trump supporters shouted their approval of his decision to overrule the schedulers and make time for the nation’s anthem.

Trump said he spoke to the young woman who had been scheduled to have sung the national anthem to open the rally, who said she had been told that television coverage of the event resulted in the traditional singing of the anthem being cut at the last-minute.

He went on, “I said, ‘Guess what? We’re going to do the national anthem. OK?” calling the singer to the stage as the crowd cheered again, breaking into chants of “USA! USA! USA!

“Sherry Wilkins, come up!”

Holding his hand over his heart, the presumptive nominee for the presidency sang the anthem, breaking into a wide grin as the crowd erupted at the familiar lyrics, “… that our flag was still there!” and “… o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.”

 

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