A caravan of more than 100 vehicles driven by out-of-town Donald Trump supporters brought Fifth Ave to a halt early on Sunday – the latest show of support for the coronavirus-stricken President.
The long line of cars, trucks and motorcycles had mostly driven into the city from Long Island – grinding traffic to a halt for at least 30 minutes as they arrived to loudly cheer for the President outside his Trump Tower home, the New York Post reports.
They constantly blared horns and waved flags – with loud chants of “four more years!” in support of the commander in chief’s re-election bid.
The noise stopped for at least a moment as the group called for a moment of silence to send a prayer.
“This is a serious situation – the leader of the free world is sick. The leader of the free world needs our support,” an organiser said over a loudspeaker, asking those gathered to “send some good energy to President Trump”.
After the silence, he shouted “President Trump, we love you!” – before leading the group in chants of, “USA! USA!”
There were no arrests for blocking traffic – despite police cracking down on Black Lives Matter protesters and anti-eviction advocates for blocking traffic in recent weeks.
“There were a lot of cops (but) there was no trouble,” said a local security guard, who estimated she saw the caravan blocking Fifth Ave almost 10 blocks from 54th to around 62nd Street. “It was peaceful, no stress. Nobody was hassling anybody,” she said of the loud show of support.
As many took to the streets outside Trump Tower, there was also virtually no sign of any masks, either – despite the pandemic that brought them there to show support for the President after his hospitalisation.
The main group – suitably called “The Long Island Loud Majority” – had got up at around 4am to gather in Ronkonkoma and head to the city, according to one of those involved, Jessica Marie Hahnan.
I felt the love and energy today,” the 28-year-old Trump supporter from Farmingdale told the Post of the “prayer vigil” for POTUS and FLOTUS.
“Today the energy was electric. It was amazing – no chaos, no (middle) fingers, no drama, just supporting our President and our (men and women in) blue,” she said.
Ms Hahnan said being at Trump Tower felt “sentimental” because “we were praying for him.”
“I’m praying for every single person in this world … including President Trump, the First Lady and the whole administration,” she said.
“I pray that my country comes together because we are divided right now. We should be standing together praying for our President and our First Lady. He is still a human being. He is 74 years old,” she said, noting how his age put him in the high-risk group from the disease.
Ms Hahnan said she did not vote in the last election, but is now throwing her support behind the President because “he kept his promises.”
“I’m middle class. He helped my family and a lot of people. My dad is a union worker and his 401k has tripled,” she said. “I think he is doing a good job.
“I know he has so many plans for this country to get back on its feet.”
Since Mr Trump confirmed on Friday that he had tested positive for COVID-19, there have been a number of rallies in support – including outside Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where the commander-in-chief remained on Sunday for ongoing treatment.
“Thank you so much!,” Mr Trump wrote on Twitter, linking to a posting from Dan Scavino, the White House social media director.
This article originally appeared on the NY Post and was reproduced with permission.