The Polish government is planning to bus lawmakers from its conservative ruling party and pro-government activists to Warsaw to ensure a rapturous reception for President Trump’s speech to the Polish people, according to The Associated Press.
Ahead of making his way to Germany for the start of the G-20 summit Friday, the president will make his first stop in Warsaw on Wednesday evening to deliver a speech in Krasinski Square, the site of the Warsaw uprising against the Nazis, on Thursday.
Polish media reports say the right-wing government promised Trump that he would receive a warm welcome, complete with cheering crowds, during what has been deemed a “great patriotic picnic.”
“It’s going to be huge—absolutely huge,” Law and Justice Party member Dominik Tarczynski said. “They just love him, the people in Poland—they just really love him.”
According to a CNN reporter, Polish TV is interviewing Trump supporters ahead of his visit.
Polish TV interviewing Trump supporters in Warsaw ahead of his arrival pic.twitter.com/6fsvB8mlIy
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Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz said that, like Trump, Poland’s government was being attacked by “liberals, post-communists, lefties and genderists.” He added that Trump was “a man who is changing the shape of the world’s political scene.”
The leader of Poland’s ruling Law and Justice Party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, meanwhile, touted Trump’s visit as a major source of pride for the country.
“We have new success, Trump’s visit,” the conservative said. “[Others] envy it, the British are attacking us because of it.”
Tarczynski, as all members of the ruling party have been instructed to do, will bus in 50 of his constituents to provide a very different reception for Trump than he is likely to receive in Hamburg, where up to 100,000 protesters are expected. The tactic is a mirror of that adopted when Poland was a member of the Soviet bloc, and the Communist Party would bus agreeable crowds to Warsaw to greet visiting dignitaries from Moscow.