Ashley made the trip from Arkansas to President Trump’s rally in Omaha last week. It was a chilly night, and a long drive, but she wasn’t going to miss it.
We met Ashley in the comfort tent provided by President Trump’s campaign, which provided hot chocolate, coffee and a warm place to escape the cold temperatures.
Ashley said she grew up in northeast Arkansas, about an hour west of Memphis. She currently lives in northwest Arkansas by Fort Smith.
The drive to Omaha? Six-and-a-half hours.
That’s one way.
“We’re not even duck hunting,” Ashley said with a laugh. “In this cold weather, we’re usually duck hunting.”
Asked what she likes most about President Trump, Ashley answered quickly.
“He loves America,” she said. “I like that he has integrity and that everything he said he was gonna do, he’s done.”
Her political involvement prior to Trump becoming President was nearly nonexistent. She acknowledged that politics has always been important, but it’s more important now.
“You can just feel how important it is,” she said. “I feel like, well, the Lord has put it on my heart. My best friend is 96 years old. She’s been around a long time and she is very passionate about it and she really believes the Lord put Trump in the White House and that it is just all part of God’s will, which is really cool. I don’t know how it’ll play out, but I believe that God is in control and it will play out however He means for it to.”
Prior to President Trump, she never imagined she would hit the road for more than six hours one way to see a president.
“No, no. Not at all,” she said. “This is one of the craziest things I’ve ever done.”
Child trafficking is her top concern heading into the election. But other than that, her husband and she just started their own business.
“We would like to keep our business and we would like for our business to keep prospering like it has been, even through COVID,” she said. “We do steel erection and metal buildings. It’s been such a blessing and we would like to keep it that way.”