The 2nd of three posts on Donald Trump in Derry NH. Part 1 (The Pros & semi Pros) is here.
Once the people started arriving I went toward the main entrance. There were solid metal barriers separating the two sides of the entrance with a table to process people with tickets. The only way to get to one side vs the other was through the entranceway of the building.
Since I was on the ticked side I asked the people there first, however none of the 25 or so people there were interested. Perhaps is was the hat and scarf in 90 degree weather, or perhaps it was a reasonable distrust of the media but they all declined. So I went through the double doors to the other side. That side was for the handicapped and volunteers. There was a man named Ken happy to share his views.
If Ken’s voice sounds familiar to you that might be because he was shouting out a lot during Mr. Trump’s speech later that day.
Once the people saw from my interview with Ken that my interviews were straightforward and I wasn’t out to trap or spin anyone people were happy to talk. Shirley was next
That she changed her registration to vote for Trump was significant to me.
Trina, a Trump volunteer (and a big fan of my pal Pam Geller) was supposed to be next
But she was delayed briefly by a phone call so I talked to Jim and Lana before her
It’s worth noting that of that first four only Jim & Lana weren’t ready to pull the lever for Trump.
At this point I went back to the other side and in the twenty minutes or so that those interviews took the crowd had more than tripled and with the influx of people came many people willing to talk to me, one of the most interesting was a 13-year-old boy who had, for his birthday asked his mother to take him to see Donald Trump
Another surprise was Luke. He has come up from Maryland to scope out colleges and decided to detour after checking out Dartmouth to see Trump. He even had a copy of his book (which he would end up getting signed during the speech).
However more typical were people like Bruce
What was interesting was as soon as I would talk to someone near the end of the line, the line would get longer and I would continue down the line doing interviews. EVentually I took a count of the line and Elena was #307
To be sure there were some interviews that were different. David had come with his brother and I didn’t realize at the time he apparently had a handicap. There was another fellow a young guy who called himself Ryan R Ryan who seemed to me to be trolling but since I made an open request for interviews I uploaded rather than erased them.
At the end of the line was a 2nd line for people who didn’t have tickets. Based on what Fred had told me their odds of getting in were pretty slim but that didn’t stop me.
The first person I talked to was Cheri, who believe it or not was a Hillary person but was considering Trump
I asked her about the email scandal but she thought it was much ado about nothing (proving Neo Neocon right)
I then talked to Nancy who was all in for Trump
who was going to wait till he heard all the candidates before making a final decision.
By this time I headed back toward the press area it was getting closer the time of the Trump press availability. On my way back I did my last and in one sense most interesting interview
But the most interesting interview which was Carl
Who said he was interested in Trump but as a 3rd party rather than a GOP candidate, but it remains to be seen if the Donald can change his mind.
If you watch the interviews above you’ll notice several consistent thoughts
1. People consider Trump a truth teller.
2. People like that he’s politically incorrect
3. People really like his immigration stance
All these things were in my mind as I checked the time and headed back to the press room to get ready for Mr. Trump’s arrival…
Update: Matt Lewis not withstanding Those people didn’t seem dangerous to me
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