Restaurant worker clasps Trump's hand while praying in South Carolina

Moment emotional server at South Carolina restaurant clasps Donald Trump’s hand and prays for him, as ex-president’s 2024 re-election campaign gathers steam

  • The former president is officially back on the campaign trail as he embarks on his third consecutive bid for the White House
  • A restaurant worker in South Carolina asked Trump if she could pray for him 
  • A crowd watched as the woman clasped the one-time commander in chief’s hand and became emotional as she prayed for the success of his campaign

Donald Trump was stopped over the weekend by a restaurant worker in South Carolina who became emotional as she gripped the politician’s hand and prayed for the success of his presidential campaign. 

The former president is officially back on the campaign trail as he embarks on his third consecutive bid for the White House.

Trump made appearances in New Hampshire and South Carolina – both important primary states – during the last weekend of January.

Former U.S. President Donald Trump arrives to deliver remarks at the South Carolina State House on January 28, 2023 in Columbia, South Carolina

The video was taken at Zesto West Columbia – an old school ice cream and burger joint. The southern staple was established in the middle of the last century.

As employees continue to prepare orders in the background of the video, Trump asks the female worker at the order window if she would recommend the food the restaurant serves.

The woman, who is also holding her phone up to record the interaction, asks if he would mind if she prays for him. He says, ‘go ahead.’

She takes his hand, closes her eyes, furrows her brow and begins to pray for the success of his campaign.

Margo Martin, Trump’s Deputy Direction of Communications, posted the video to Twitter with the caption: ‘This is the real @realDonaldTrump the media won’t show you!’

The video has amassed 1.2million views and counting. 

Former President Trump visits Zesto of West Columbia, in SC. Jan 29

Trump visit Zesto’s of West Columbia in South Carolina over the weekend, where an employee of the diner stopped the former president to pray for him

A Zesto employee grips the former president’s hand in prayer as he makes a campaign pit stop in South Carolina

Former President Donald Trump listens during a campaign event at the South Carolina Statehouse, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023

Over the weekend, Trump told crowds he is ‘more committed’ to winning back the White House and ‘more angry’ about the direction in which the country is headed than ever before.

In South Carolina, Trump spoke to a crowd about focusing on the future during this campaign – signaling that he will avoid harping on what he has repeatedly called the stolen election of 2020.

‘This campaign will be about the future. This campaign will be about issues. Joe Biden has put America on the fast track to ruin and destruction and we will ensure that he does not receive four more years,’ said Trump at a Columbia, SC statehouse event.

He swore to reverse many of President Joe Biden’s policies, including acting to kick  millions of illegal immigrants out of the country after two straight years of illegal migrants flooding the US border under the supervision of the current administration.

He also pledged to disallow people born male from competing in women’s sports.

And served up a few classic refrains met with big cheers. ‘Together we will complete the unfinished business of Making American Great Again,’ he said before a roaring audience.

During his South Carolina remarks, the former president was flanked by Senator Lindsey Graham, Governor Henry McMcaster and Representatives Russell Fry, Joe Wilson and William Timmons, among other state and local leaders.

Trump’s SC speech Saturday was only his second public remarks since announcing his candidacy on November 15, which was generally perceived to be a lackluster kickoff to his campaign.

In remarks from New Hampshire earlier on Saturday, Trump reassured the crowd he would start scheduling more rallies in the near future.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham took the microphone at one point to voice his support for Trump’s 2024 run, but was met with some shouts from audience members saying ‘Trump won 2020,’ in reference to the senator’s hesitance to embrace the 2020 election fraud claims

Also over the weekend, failed MAGA candidate Kari Lake, who has stayed close to TrumpWorld since her failure to secure the governorship of Arizona in November, tweeted out a cryptic message in support of the Trump campaign.

‘I pity the fool who runs against President Trump,’ she wrote. ‘He is EXACTLY what America needs right now.’

Lake’s tweet was aimed across the field of potential Republican contenders, but perhaps specifically at tremendously popular Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who is considered a 2024 favorite.

While DeSantis has not formally declared his 2024 intentions, his refusal to rule out a White House bid has infuriated the former president.

During his campaigning over the weekend, Trump once again took credit for helping DeSantis narrowly win the Tallahassee executive mansion in 2018 – and fired another warning shot at his presumptive ambitions.

‘Ron would have not been governor if it wasn’t for me,’ Trump told reporters aboard his plane on Saturday. ‘So then when I hear he might run, I consider that very disloyal.’

She fired off a cryptic warning, potentially aimed at Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, after Trump branded him ‘disloyal’

 After his South Carolina speech, Trump said it would be ‘a great act of disloyalty’ if DeSantis opposed him in the primary and took credit for the governor’s initial election.

‘If he runs, that’s fine. I’m way up in the polls,’ Trump said. ‘He’s going to have to do what he wants to do, but he may run.

‘I do think it would be a great act of disloyalty because, you know, I got him in. He had no chance. His political life was over.’

Trump initially endorsed DeSantis in the governor’s 2018 primary campaign, but said on Saturday that he hasn’t spoken to him in a long time.

He has since called DeSantis an ‘average governor’ and ‘Ron DeSanctimonious.’ On Saturday, Trump slammed the Florida governor’s COVID response.

‘There are Republican governors that did not close their states,’ Trump told reporters. ‘Florida was closed for a long period of time. They’re trying to rewrite history,’ he added.

‘I had governors that decided not to close a thing and that was up to them,’ he said, defending his choice to leave it up to the governors of each state.

Trump also criticized DeSantis’ shifting posture on vaccines, saying the Florida governor had ‘changed his tune a lot.’

While Trump remains the only declared 2024 presidential candidate, potential challengers, including former Vice President Mike Pence and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who was Trump’s ambassador to the United Nations, are expected to get their campaigns underway in the coming months. 

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