DENTON — At a get-out-the-vote rally on Saturday, Sept. 19, in Caroline County, U.S. Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md.-1st, expressed his condolences at the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and told about 150 attendees that the resulting high court vacancy creates an even greater urgency to head to the polls in a few weeks.

“This election is about four things now. Up until last night it was three things — COVID, the economy, law and order — and now it’s the Supreme Court as well,” Harris told the crowd.

“Look, my condolences to the family of Justice Ginsburg, but the bottom line is the country now realizes what this is all about. This is about not the next four years but the next 20 years, the next 25 years. The ability to put justices on the Supreme Court, like this president has done, who don’t invent things, who don’t read things in the Constitution that aren’t there, but who will just enforce the U.S. Constitution. That’s what we need.”

Sponsored by the Caroline County Republican Women, the rally at the 4-H Park south of Denton attracted about 200 between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Some who didn’t stay for the rally, which started at 10 a.m., came early to pick up campaign signs before they ran out, said club treasurer Joanne Smith.

Unseasonably cool temperatures prompted people sporting Trump hats and T-shirts to mill about in the bright sunshine while the bluegrass group Flatland Drive, sponsored by Towers Concrete in Denton, entertained attendees who bought Trump face masks, shirts and hats from a local vendor. The Choptank Ruritan Club grilled burgers and sold pulled pork, chips and sodas.

While many wore masks, about a third did not while they mostly kept their distance from each other outdoors.

Harris arrived shortly before noon and was soon button-holed by a constituent. He made his way toward members of “Team 36,” Republican Eastern Shore legislators who represent District 36.

An honor guard from VFW Post 5246 in Federalsburg posted the colors, followed by an invocation by the Rev. Ronny James, who asked God to “even bless the politicians.” Linda Davila of Federalsburg sang the national anthem, followed by Caroline County Republican Women President Lynn Faulstick, who recognized local officials and legislators before introducing Harris.

“We’re pleased. We’re very pleased,” Faulstick said. “’A lot of people came, they’re getting their signs, and I think they’re really excited.”

Caroline County officials attended, including Commissioners Larry Porter, Wilbur Levengood and Dan Franklin; State’s Attorney Joe Riley; Clerk of Court Terry Lord; and Register of Wills Jim Phelps.

Latinos for Trump representative Alirio Martinez of Easton wore his Trump sweatshirt and “Keep America Great” hat while he carried a yard sign.

“We’re the biggest, rapid growing movement right now,” Martinez said. “Every day, I get calls from people wanting to join Latinos for Trump. It’s crazy what’s going on.”

“We support our president, we believe in capitalism, we believe in jobs. Latinos love jobs. That’s what we want,” said Martinez, who works for a construction company. “That’s important because Trump said Latinos are the fastest growing economy right now.”

Martinez said he thinks Trump will win the election. “Oh yes, definitely. Big time. I say that because I know a lot of my Democrat friends ... say they’re going to vote for him,” he said.

A few minutes later, Harris took the stage and fired up the crowd by saying, “Now look, don’t believe anything you see on CNN — those of you who watch MSNBC, believe even less.”

“The bottom line is that, in Caroline County, people can proudly come out and say they support Donald Trump who is one of our greatest presidents ever, no question about it,” Harris said to cheers and applause. “But in other parts of the country you’ve got to kind of hide that you support Donald Trump if a pollster calls you.”

Harris recognized and thanked law enforcement officers. “Bottom line is this country is a country of law and order. Donald Trump realizes it. Joe Biden doesn’t realize it. Kamala Harris doesn’t realize it,“ Harris said. “That’s why this November, Donald Trump is going to be re-elected president of the United States.”

“I am excited,” said Hugh Smith of Denton. “The whole idea was to get people pumped up before the election to show our support for Trump. I know the Shore is going to carry Trump.”

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