Former President Donald Trump was seen handing out one pizza box after the next to a crowd of his supporters on Wednesday during a stop at a Bettendorf, Iowa bar.
Standing behind a counter at Treehouse Pub & Eatery the ex-president who is running to reclaim his throne at the White House, was seen hand-delivering pizzas to supporters who crowded all around him to catch a glimpse of the former POTUS. “Who wants one?” the former president asked patrons of the bar.
A video of the rare sight went viral on social media:
Earlier in the day, in the same state, he had held multiple events as part of his campaign rally. He was met with loud chants of “U-S-A,” and chants of “Proud to be an American.” As he passed around pizza boxes, Trump yelled, “Who wants a pizza?” “Here darling,” and “Just take it, man.” He also stopped to take photos and talk with supporters, including to sign one woman’s shirt.
He attended the Iowa State football game where he managed to draw enthusiastic crowds earlier this month. He was seen flipping burgers on the grill as he was swarmed by supporters at the tailgate. Ahead of the game, he drew loud cheers from the audience when he walked through the stadium.
Even though Trump did not attend the first Republican presidential debate, the Fox Business Poll released Wednesday showed him with 46% support among likely caucusgoers in Iowa, with Florida Gov Ron DeSantis in a distant second with 15%.
Trump has also announced that he will not be participating in the second Republican presidential debate, which will be held in California, choosing instead to address a Detroit audience.
This decision, according to a source familiar with his plans, is aimed at providing counterprogramming to the September 27 debate scheduled at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley.
Trump’s choice to visit Detroit coincides with the ongoing United Auto Workers (UAW) strike, initiated last week after negotiations between the union and the nation’s three largest automakers failed to avert it.