Truckers for Trump

PhotographerBill Kotsatos
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

Newsweek assignment to cover the husband and wife trucking team behind Truckers for Trump, with whom I met in California and rode in their truck to Cleveland in time for the Republican National Convention along with their young daughter and two pet dogs.

Story

What was supposed to be a glorious cross-country convoy of two-dozen big rigs in the name of Donald J. Trump wound up being that of one, and although this realization forced them to contemplate whether to inform me that they were not interested anymore for me to photograph their journey for Newsweek, they ultimately felt that I had seen a passion of theirs to which they were blind. Over the course of 10-days and 2,500-miles the glory of that convoy they envisioned boiled down to a grit and determination of making good on their word to cross America and spread the word of the candidate of their choice. In doing so they felt they taught a good life lesson to their daughter Zelda, who is home schooled (or road schooled, as they say). Yet for Zelda life on the road is lonely despite her parents’ love and adoration and wishes to enroll in a proper school with proper friends, as opposed to having to wait to randomly meet a kid her age at some truck stop only to leave said new friend after her family fuels their rig. Jim and Lorraine Morrison have always admired Donald Trump so when the New York real estate billionaire announced his candidacy for the 2016 Presidential Election, the husband and wife trucking team took to Facebook and launched Truckers for Trump, a network of professional truck drivers in support of Mr. Trump. The group, comprised of nearly 5,000 professional long-haul drivers across the U.S., was set to converge upon the Republican National Convention in Cleveland to not only show their support for Mr. Trump, but to also bring about a greater awareness to their struggling industry. The Morrison's planned on leading a large cross-country convoy to the RNC but instead were met by a handful of truckers in Cleveland.