Donald Trump plans to hold a “tele-rally” for Ken Youngkin, who was recently honored as “Iraq’s top soldier” after winning multiple commendations and claiming two of the country’s five top honors, on Monday evening, according to news reports.
The event, on the “Ramadan News Network,” will feature Youngkin and other members of his family sharing their stories and their faith, according to a story in the Daily Caller.
A tele-rally seems to be a new frontier for the Trump campaign, where he can quickly speak to thousands of people — while hosting fundraisers for fellow Republicans.
A recent tele-rally featured Trump speaking about a firestorm created by a tweet aimed at actress and “Morning Joe” host Mika Brzezinski. The twitpic, in which he attacked her physical appearance, caused a stir around the world. Youngkin said at the time, “Trump does this to every single woman in America. I wonder who he considers that he can bully to the status of breaking a rib?”
The Washington Post’s Peter Baker highlighted Youngkin’s story in a story titled “Trump surprises Iraq soldier who just got his ‘top-most honorable’ certificate” last week.
Born in Vietnam, Youngkin served in the U.S. Army Reserve during Vietnam, then was stationed in Saudi Arabia before heading to Iraq in 2003. He served as a lieutenant colonel and is now a Senior Advisor in Iraq’s American embassy in Baghdad.
“He talked about the value of service, the importance of having faith in America, and a need to think about the future and not just about the present,” Baker wrote, of Youngkin’s speech, “which Trump said he loved, and which resonated with both the young Iraqis who watched the tele-rally and the young American audience who were listening on the radio.”
The tele-rally might be just the latest example of the Trump campaign’s modernized campaign — and also the latest example of the disconnects between its Twitter posts and their effect on the public.
“This trip to the countryside to tell our great friend’s story makes me proud to be an American,” Youngkin tweeted on Thursday. “#MyHomeAmerica.”
First published by the Washington Post