As part of the frenetic race to the finish of midterm election campaigning, President Donald Trump embarked on a whirlwind tour that saw him doing two to three rallies per day on behalf of important candidates in crucial states.
Trump made his final stop with a rally in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, on Monday night. But this time, something extraordinary happened after an audience member collapsed with an apparent medical emergency — the crowd spontaneously began singing the popular hymn “Amazing Grace” as emergency responders carried the stricken attendee out.
Trump was in the middle of recounting his 2016 electoral victory over failed Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton — as he has a tendency to do at his rallies, and as his supporters seem to thoroughly enjoy — when an elderly woman in the crowd collapsed to the ground.
The president noticed the woman collapse and the resultant commotion around her, and paused his rally mid-speech for nearly ten minutes while the woman was tended to.
“Is there a doctor in the house, please? Doctor? Please. Thank you,” said Trump, as he pointed medical personnel in the direction of the collapsed woman.
Trump, as well as the crowd, largely remained quiet while the medical personnel attended the woman, save for the occasional “Take your time” from Trump to emergency responders, as well as a request to the crowd to “say a little prayer” for the woman.
Eventually, the medical personnel managed to get the woman on a stretcher to be taken out of the rally, and that is when something absolutely “amazing” happened.
“That was beautiful”
The crowd spontaneously began to sing the first verse of “Amazing Grace” as the medical personnel concluded their work, raising their voices to an extent that the song reverberated around the large and packed arena.
As the woman on the stretcher was carried out — with an evident smile on her face — a huge cheer and round of applause erupted from the crowd.
“That was really something, I want to just thank everybody for the way you behaved. That was beautiful, at the end, that was beautiful. Amazing Grace,” Trump said as he resumed his position at the podium. “Hopefully she’ll be OK,” he added.
WATCH: Supporters sing “Amazing Grace” as emergency workers respond to a medical incident in the crowd at a Trump rally in Missouri pic.twitter.com/dR3yTa7Vnn
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Minor medical emergencies are not uncommon at political rallies — attendees are often required to stand for hours on end in packed and overheated crowds — and it isn’t uncommon for a politician to pause momentarily while an emergency is addressed.
What was really extraordinary in this case was the completely spontaneous rendition of “Amazing Grace” by the crowd, which is likely a moment that Trump, the woman, and the rally-goers will never forget.