TOPEKA, Kan. — Outside the Kansas Capitol building, a trumpet’s patriotic tunes cut through the thick, humid 102-degree air.
Richard Jacobson has been traveling from coast to coast since April, playing his trumpet outside of capitol buildings across the country. He is from upstate New York and plans on finishing in California. He was only in Kansas for a day before going north to Iowa.
Jacobson wore a T-shirt supporting Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump while playing gospel hymns and patriotic songs.
“I hope God is hearing it first,” Jacobson said about his music. “Then the people, just to wake up the people, that we are ‘we the people.’ We don’t have the government to control us. We can rise up and be heard.”
Jacobson has been playing the trumpet for about 45 years.
Reporter Sarah Pitts contributed to this report. Andrew Clark and Sarah Pitts are Excellence & Ethics fellows.