LEETONIA, Ohio (WKBN) – Donald Trump’s run for the White House is backed up by a huge wave of support, especially in the Valley. And some people are spreading support for Trump beyond the polls.
One Leetonia man is taking his support for Trump to the road. John Rupert of Leetonia owns a 1964 dump truck that he’s had for over eight years.
He began dedicating the truck to Trump after watching him during the debates in the fall. Transforming it into a mobile billboard took him about five months to complete, working six or seven days a week on it.
“I heard Trump talk about how can you have a country without boarders, and every time you listen to him, I agreed with him. He was saying what friends talk about amongst themselves,” Rupert said.
Fixing up old trucks is a hobby for Rupert.
“I mean I’m retired, this is what I like to do,” he said.
He started the project in November and finished it in March.
“I wanted it to be patriotic, because I think Trump is patriotic,” he said.
Rupert got the old truck eight years ago from a gravel pit up the street from his house.
Airbrushed patriotic pictures are featured on both sides. Rupert’s friend Jim Crago painted them, taking four days to complete. He said the hardest one to paint was the flag being raised on Iwo Jima.
“And that actually changes colors. As the sun hits it, it gets green and lighter. Same with the P.O.W. It actually has the red behind it, as the sun hits it. It’ll actually have a red glow to it,” Crago said.
Even though the Republican National Convention is only about a 90 minute drive from Leetonia, Rupert said the Trump truck will not make an appearance.
“I think it might get destroyed up there. It’s a place to stay away from,” he said.