Fresh off a well-received speech (by conservatives, at least) in support of his father at the Republican convention in Cleveland, Donald Trump Jr. went to do some more campaigning in Philadelphia. No, not that Philadelphia — the big city where the Democratic convention is taking place — but a much smaller town in Mississippi of the same name.
That is where the Neshoba County Fair has been annually held, almost without interruption, since the late 19th century, and it’s an event of significance in U.S. political history. It’s also where Donald Jr. ran into Peyton Manning, and he had the Instagram post to prove it.
Let’s assume that Trump meant the fair is a great tradition that started in 1889, not hanging out with Manning. The recently retired Denver quarterback — next stop: Hall of Fame — and his family are longtime regulars at the event, as his mother, Olivia, hails from Philadelphia, Miss.
Manning and Trump would also seem to have political leanings in common, considering that the former has donated to several Republican politicians, most of them running in Tennessee, where he became a legendary player for the Volunteers. No word yet on whether Manning mentioned to Trump that, in 2015, he made a donation to the presidential campaign of Jeb Bush, who proceeded to get mocked mercilessly by Junior’s dad.
It may not have helped Bush’s cause that, while addressing a February crowd in Mount Pleasant, S.C., he said that he rooted for the Broncos in the Super Bowl instead of the local favorite Carolina Panthers “because Peyton Manning wrote me a check.”
Before that game, Trump Sr. had picked Denver, telling CBS’s “Face the Nation” that “I very much have always liked Peyton Manning. He is a very good guy. I know him. And he is a very, very good guy. So, I have to go with the person I know and I like. I like the other team. I think the other team looks fantastic. Probably, they would be favored by something. But I will stick with Peyton, because he is a very good guy.”