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'An American patriot': WWII veteran gets carried to his seat and honored by President Trump at Arizona rally


'Got to admit I got a lump in my throat.'

Image source: Kari Lake Twitter video screenshot

A World War II veteran was given a hero's welcome at a "Keep America Great" rally for President Donald Trump in Arizona on Wednesday, when he was carried by fellow attendees to his seat and honored by the commander in chief when the president spoke on stage.

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Reporter Kari Lake from KSAZ-TV posted a video online showing two men giving the hero a careful lift to his seat ahead of President Trump's speech at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix. The crowd chanted "USA! USA!" and cheered as the veteran was carried to the front row of the venue where he could see.

Lake added, "Got to admit I got a lump in my throat."

The precious cargo was later identified by the Trump campaign as 100-year-old Navy veteran Ervin Julian, and the president of the United States did not allow Mr. Julian to go unnoticed.

During President Trump's speech, he honored Mr. Julian before the inside audience of an estimated 20,000 people, thanking Mr. Julian before the veteran was lifted up by the men who had carried him to his place of prominence. The crowd roared and chanted again as the president faced Mr. Julian and continued to clap for the World War II veteran.

The president's oldest son, Donald Trump Jr., then approached Mr. Julian and the men assisting him, shaking each of their hands and giving them hats.

"I want to thank you, really," President Trump said to Mr. Julian, adding, "Thank you for the great job you've done. An American patriot."

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