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Back in the habit! Nuns attend President Trump’s rally in Michigan


Thousands of President Trump‘s most earnest supporters arrived to his campaign stop in Michigan on Friday, but it was five nuns that snagged his attention. 

While speaking to the crowd that rallied at Oakland International Airport in Waterford Township about his bout of COVID-19, Trump directly addressed The Dominican Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary from Hartland. 

‘Sisters, I wasn’t feeling too good,’ he told the women, who arrived in religious habits and sat among others who carried ‘Make America Great Again’ signs and donned MAGA paraphernalia. 

‘And they gave me something called Regeneron,’ Trump added. ‘The next morning, sister, I woke up and it was like God touched my shoulder.’

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Five nuns from the The Dominican Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary of Hartland, Michigan, on Friday attended President Trump’s campaign rally in Waterford Township

While speaking about his COVID-19 diagnosis, Trump told the group of nuns that ‘The next morning, sister, I woke up and it was like God touched my shoulder

Dominican sisters of Hartland listen as U.S. President Donald Trump holds a campaign rally at Oakland County International Airport in Waterford Township, Michigan,  on October 30

A total of five Dominican Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary of Hartland, Michigan, arrived to the campaign stop on Friday 

Earlier this month, Trump revealed that he had tested positive for COVID-19 and soon after an outbreak overtook the White House.   

He was transported via Marine One to Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, and spent three days receiving medical treatment. 

Throughout his stay, he and doctors presented an optimistic prognosis that was derailed when Mark Meadows, White House Chief of Staff, told reporters that his ‘vitals were concerning.’

Doctors administered various treatments to Trump, including a dose of an antibody cocktail from the company Regeneron. The drug was recently sidelined from vaccine trials over ‘potential safety concerns.’

Trump has since returned to the White House, and has attempted to level his COVID-19 recovery as justification for previously flouting CDC guidelines and minimizing the pandemic. He called catching the virus a ‘blessing from God.’

President Trump (pictured) told his crowd of supporters that ‘it was like God touched my shoulder’ after receiving an antibody cocktail treatment for COVID-19 while hospitalized in Maryland

 The Dominican Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary of Hartland, Michigan, speak amongst themselves while attending President Trump’s rally in Waterford Township

Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump cheer as Air Force One arrives to a campaign rally at Oakland County International Airport on Friday in Waterford Township, Michigan 

The Dominican Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary of Hartland, Michigan find their seats for the Make American Great Again rally on Friday 

The Dominican Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary traveled 20 miles to champion Trump, but it’s not the first time nuns have showed support. 

The habit began last Saturday when nuns with the Children of Mary Newark, Ohio, showed up wearing MAGA face masks and holding a Bible to his Circleville event. 

During the rally, Trump also railed against Fox News Channel and made fun of Fox host Laura Ingraham for wearing a mask.

Ingraham was in a VIP spot because she is filming a special with the president for her show Friday. 

‘The crowds are much bigger, there’s more enthusiasm, but Fox is the big difference,’ Trump said comparing his 2016 run to this one. ‘Somewhere along the line we lost Fox, but that’s OK.’ 

Dominican Sisters of Hartland, Michigan, watch as US President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a ‘Make America Great Again’ rally at Oakland County International Airport

This is the second group of nuns to attend Trump’s campaign stops in just one week, after others showed up to his Circleville, Ohio, stop last Saturday 

The president was angered recently when he saw that Fox News Channel, which leans more conservative, had been airing campaign events headlined by his rival, Democrat Joe Biden and one of Biden’s top surrogates, former President Barack Obama.

The president had prefaced his statement with, ‘We still have a few great ones at Fox.’ 

The network carried Trump’s full Michigan rally live – the first of 17 rallies he’ll hold in four days – despite Biden holding an event in Iowa that started shortly after. 

One of the nuns in Circleville, Ohio, held up a Bible while another held rosary beads. At times, they could be seen praying

Biden’s was then played.  

Fox anchor Bill Hemmer said the network aired both ‘to give you a gauge of how two candidates are running very different campaigns.’ 

For one, Trump’s isn’t abiding by basic COVID restrictions, packing people in and not enforcing mask-wearing. 

When Trump looked out into the Michigan crowd to scout Ingraham, he was surprised to see was wearing one.   

‘I can’t recognize you. Is that a mask? No way, are you wearing a mask?’ he shouted to Ingraham. ‘I’ve never seen her in a mask.’ 

‘Look at you, Laura, he went on. ‘She’s being very politically correct. Whoa! Whoa!’ Trump added.  

At Trump’s recent flurry of rallies, of majority of attendees have been unmasked, as the president has mocked Democratic nominee Joe Biden for his mask-wearing.  

Housing and Urban Development Department Secretary Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, and his wife Candy were in the crowd. 

They didn’t wear masks. 

President Donald Trump addressed a crowd at Oakland County International Airport, in Waterford Township, Michigan on Friday, where he complained about Fox News Channel and made fun of Fox News’ Laura Ingraham for wearing a mask

President Donald Trump railed against Fox News Channel at the Oakland County International Airport in Waterford Township, Michigan on Friday. He also made fun of Fox News host Laura Ingraham, who was in the crowd, for wearing a mask 

Masked Fox star: Laura Ingraham was mocked by the president for wearing a mask as she stood in a VIP area of the Michigan rally. Her mask appears to have come from the Clear company at an airport.

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson (left), a retired neurosurgeon, and his wife Candy (right) were in Trump’s Michigan crowd, not wearing masks. The Carsons were born and brought up in Detroit

President Donald Trump tosses a ballcap into the crowd during his first rally Friday in Michigan. He’ll head to Wisconsin and then Minnesota for two more events through the day 

Off to Wisconsin: Air Force One takes off for the next stage of Trump’s latest mid-western swing

Not a lot of masks: As has become customary at Trump rallies, there was no social distancing and – with the exception of some of those directly behind him and Laura Ingraham – little sign of mask wearing

Arrival: Trump was ready for colder temperatures than his last rally in Florida

Fox News Channel host Laura Ingraham upgraded her mask, wearing one with the official presidential seal, at Trump’s second rally Friday in Green Bay, Wisconsin

Ingraham wore the new blue mask, with a blue scarf and suede tan coat as she wrapped up against the cold

President Donald Trump gives thumbs up as he steps off Air Force One upon arrival Friday, October 30, 2020, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., as he returns from campaign rallies in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesot

Ingraham was photographed in a mask with a presidential seal at Trump’s second rally of the day, in Green Day, Wisconsin.  

Trump has been using a clip of Ingraham’s show in the video reel that he’s played at each rally, where she goes after Biden.  

His Michigan stop – located halfway between Detroit and Flint – was the first of the day, with just four days left until votes are finished being cast in the 2020 presidential race.

Trump will travel to Wisconsin, which he won over Hillary Clinton, next. 

He’ll end his day in Minnesota, where his event was capped to 250 attendees due to COVID-19 restrictions. 

Trump is hoping Minnesota, another part of the Democrats’ so-called ‘blue wall,’ will flip his way this time. 

In Michigan he, again, went after the state’s Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, whl was targeted by right-wing militia members in a kidnapping plot. 

Trump has continued to bash her coronavirus restrictions anyway, falsely claiming Democratic governors are keeping precautions in place to hurt the president politically. 

During Friday’s rally he got a raucous ‘lock her up! chant. 

‘Not me!’ he said looking at the members of the media at the venue. ‘They blame me everytime that happens.’  

He also told the Michigan crowd he was sure he’d win Minnesota because of Rep. Ilhan Omar, a favorite target of Trump’s and one of just two Muslim women in Congress. 

She represents one-fourth of the House Democrats ‘squad’ of progressive freshmen lawmakers.     

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