Trump Made a Surprise Visit at Sarah Sanders Campaign Event

"President Trump in PA" (public domain) by The White House

On Sunday, former President Trump made a surprise appearance at a campaign event for Sarah Sanders in her run for Arkansas governor, making a statement saying, “she has my Complete and Total Endorsement!”

Sanders posted the photo of the even on her Twitter and wrote, “Another great weekend on the campaign trail featuring a surprise appearance at one of my events by President Trump!”

Sanders formerly served as Trump’s White House press secretary. She worked with him until June 2019 before joining Fox News as a paid, on-air contributor in September 2019. Then, in January, a Fox News Media spokesperson confirmed that her contributor agreement with the news outlet had been terminated. 

Former President Trump went all the way to Arkansas to show support to Sanders in her run for governor, saying that she will always fight for the people of Arkansas and that she will “do what is right.”

Trump then said in a statement, “Sarah is strong on Borders, tough on Crime, and fully supports the Second Amendment and our great law enforcement officers.” The former President continued, “She loves our Military and Veterans — and her home state of Arkansas. Sarah will be a GREAT Governor, and she has my Complete and Total Endorsement!”

Since Sanders left the White House in June 2019, she was widely encouraged to run by former President Trump. 

Sanders was born in Hope, Arkansas, and the daughter of former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. If Sanders won, she would create some sort of an Arkansas political dynasty. 

This is not the first time former President Trump made a surprise appearance at an event in post-White House life. 

At Mar-a-Lago, former President Trump also made a surprise appearance at a dog rescue fundraiser on Friday. WPTV caught images of former President Trump sporting a MAGA hat, making a quick appearance at a fundraiser for a rescue mission to remove dogs from the meat market trade in China. 

In the event, Trump made a statement saying, “So, I didn’t exactly prepare for this.” The former president added that he had been walking by when he heard people yelling. “But I was walking by, and I hear everybody screaming in the ballroom, and I said ‘what’s going on?’ and they said ‘we’re going to help dogs,’ and that’s OK with me.”

Trump then praised Lara Trump, who was in attendance, and added, “I don’t know, you’re running for the Senate?”

Based on the video caught by WPTV reporter T.A. Walker, Trump also said, “What you’re doing is so important and so great, and so important and I’m with you 100%, and we had many meetings in the White House and the Oval Office, having to do with saving and helping dogs and that’s what we want to do.”

The former President also added that there is “tremendous progress that had been made.”

“President Trump makes surprise appearance at dog rescue fundraiser.” March 13, 2021, by The News Junkie’s Archives.

A source that is familiar with the former President’s schedule also confirmed that the former President attended the event to Fox News, and the group running the Big Dog Ranch Rescue fundraiser issued a statement about the event. 

Spokesman Chase Scott of the Big Dog Ranch Rescue fundraiser told Fox News that President Trump visited the event and thanked those attending for their support in helping Big Dog Ranch Rescue save 47,000 dogs to date.

Scott added, “The crowd responded with a standing ovation for the President, Lara Trump and Lauree Simmons for the work they did to help pass the first national animal anti-cruelty bill in U.S. history.”

The spokesman also added that the fundraiser was sold out and spread over 2 days to allow social distancing. The event is meant to raise funds to save abused, abandoned, and injured dogs and to bring dogs from China who would otherwise be victims of the horrific dog meat trade. 

Since leaving office in January, Trump has released a number of statements. He also made his first major public speech earlier this month at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), where he criticized Biden’s time in office.

At present, the former president is closely watched for signs of a potential presidential run in 2024, a matter that he hinted at during his speech at CPAC.