By Jim Newell
Review Staff Writer
Amidst cheers and a few jeers, nearly 20 citizens turned out for the Donald Trump flash mob rally on Sept. 27, exercising their right to assemble and to stump for their favored candidate in the Nov. 8 presidential election.
“I think the flash mobs are a great idea. It lets people know that we support Trump,” said local businessman Carl Cyrowski, who organized the flash mob over emails and word-of-mouth. “We just got the word out. Whoever shows up, shows up.”
The flash mob, demonstrating near the Orion Township Hall along Joslyn Road, was part of the second “TrumpMob” initiative, with similar rallies scheduled simultaneously throughout Oakland County and all around Michigan.
Trump supporters brandished signs with slogans such as “Trump’s Deplorables” and “Honk for Trump.” And while many of the passing motorists honked and gave thumbs up signs for support, there also were a few choice phrases and gestures from others.
“You got to have fun with it,” Cyrowski said, smiling.
Ross Ensign, vice-president of communications for the Greater Oakland Republican Club, said he was happy with the turnout and support from people driving by.
“It’s been quite impressive, actually, more than I thought it would be,” said Ensign, an Orion resident. “The conversations I’ve had all summer long are that (people) don’t like (Hillary Clinton), they don’t trust her.”
Ensign said that neither candidate performed particularly well in the presidential debate the night before, but added that it was Trump’s first debate and that he would rather take a chance on an anti-establishment candidate.
“Any vote for Hillary at this point is also a vote for a supreme court justice,” Ensign said. “If I have to take a chance, I’ll take a chance on a political unknown at this point.”