When 10-year-old Abby Millburg-Holcomb’s mom asked her how she’d like to decorate the family Christmas tree this year, she didn’t hesitate: Trump colors. Just like her Trump-themed birthday party this past summer and all holiday themes moving forward into this upcoming election year.
Standing in front of the artificial white tree adorned with striped red-white-and-blue ornaments, campaign pins, and topped with a white MAGA hat, Abby stood in her red Trump T-shirt sounding more like a campaign manager than a Campbell County tween on Christmas break. The Pronghorn Elementary fifth grader talked about how tiring this whole impeachment business – on top of school – has been for her as a Trump train circled the base of the tree where a miniature Trump bobblehead delivered an impassioned speech from his tiny, plastic podium.
“It’s been exhausting,” she said dramatically, noting her plans to sleep for the next two weeks before returning to school and the rigors of activities and homework.
For now, she plans to celebrate the season with her family while touting President Trump’s role in helping improve the economy, including in her own family with both mom Mandy and dad Stacey working in the energy fields, and her stepdad, Justin Holcomb, in banking and ranching. She, too, has felt the lucrative benefits of a booming economy as a budding cattle entrepeneur with a small herd of two, the profits of which will be deposited into her savings account when the beef goes to sale next year.
“President Trump has done a lot to make this economy,” she said. “He’s pro oil and agriculture and cares a lot about helping this country.”
And though she doesn’t remember what the world was like under former President Barack Obama, she nonetheless appreciates what Trump has done for the country as she ticks off a laundry list of reasons that make him so great. For starters, she feels like he’s really thinking about us. Even all the way out here in Wyoming, she said.
“We need this guy,” Abby said. “He’s doing an amazing job so far.”
And though some people complain about his tweets, they don’t bother her like they do a lot of others, she said, because she likes what he does and thinks that he’s treated very unfairly by the press. She doesn’t know much about his wife, Melania, other than she’s very glamorous and someone told her that FLOTUS was a gold digger.
Abby shrugged. She also doesn’t understand why people make fun of Trump’s hair, which she finds “awesome.”
“I wish he had hair like that,” she said, pointing at her stepdad who laughed.
Abby’s mom doesn’t know where her daughter’s mounting patriotism or political interest comes from, because while they are Trump supporters, they’re not necessarily active in politics, but appreciate that their daughter has taken it to a whole new level.
“She might be the first politician in the family,” Mandy said to which Abby smiled. Who knows? She’s not ruling anything out. In fact, it was her optimism that buoyed the family through the last election when her parents had all but ruled out a Clinton victory, and Abby told them not to worry because Trump was going to pull it off.
And while half the country is pushing for his impeachment, Abby thinks that once again he’ll prove his critics wrong.
“No way is he going anywhere,” she said with great confidence.
She’s very opinionated, Mandy said of her daughter, who also loves the microphone, which is an attribute that will hopefully serve their daughter well in the long run.
For now, Abby points to her all-time favorite ornament on the tree, a campaign button with an exaggerated photo of a grinning President with his index finger pointing in the air, saying “2020. I must win!”
Winning is a theme she credits to the President as she repeats one of her favorite Trump adages printed on the box of one of her Trump-inspired gifts from a family friend.
“When I get behind my desk in the beautiful oval office, I think about only one thing…how the American people are going to win, win, win today!”
As for those Trump haters who denigrated him in the media and called for his impeachment, Abby is holding her tongue.
“I bet there’d be a lot of words coming out,” Mandy said as Abby responded with a devilish grin, but for her parent’s sake, she’s choosing to keep her mouth shut for the most part.