President Donald Trump brought major MAGA energy to Pickens, South Carolina, on Saturday during a historic Independence Day celebration held on the main street of the landmark town.
Tens of thousands of people gathered as far as the eye could see, eagerly waiting in the streets despite hot summer temperatures, hoping to hear inspiring remarks delivered by the 45th President of the United States.
“Let me begin by wishing each and every one of you a happy Independence Day,” Trump told the crowd when he walked onstage.
The president arrived in style to Pickens, flying over the crowd in Trump Force One and later taking the podium to deliver a speech touching on the spirit of the American Revolution, the enemies threatening American freedom, and offering a forward-looking vision that hinted at the greatness to come in a 2025 Trump administration.
Trump even took a moment to recite the famous poem and song, “The Snake,” which was a common occurrence during his 2016 campaign. He often utilized the poem to demonstrate the corruption of the Washington swamp. The poem tells the story of a “tender woman” who attempts to save a snake but instead ends up getting a poisonous bite from the reptile.
“‘Oh shut up, silly woman,” said the reptile with a grin. ‘You knew damn well I was a snake before you took me in,’” the president recited.
President Donald Trump additionally attacked his chief Republican political opponent, Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., whom he facetiously referred to as “DeSanctimonious” and “DeSanctus.”
Trump touted the accomplishments of his first term in the White House, ranging from his elimination of the NAFTA trade deal to his appointment of almost 300 federal justices and three Supreme Court justices.
“I was the first president in many decades that didn’t start a war,” he said.
The crowd erupted into chants of “WE LOVE TRUMP.”
President Trump also told his supporters that “WE” would become the 47th president of the United States, and that he would end the war between Russia and Ukraine as soon as he steps into the Oval Office in 2025.
He vowed to “ESCORT THEM [DEEP STATE EMPLOYEES] FROM FEDERAL BUILDINGS – WE’RE GOING TO GET THEM THE HELL OUT OF THERE.”