Trump touts Promises Made, Promises Kept at Fayetteville rally – North State Journal

Trump touts \Promises Made, Promises Kept\ at Fayetteville rally - North State Journal
With the Faithful at Trumps North Carolina Rally: He Speaks Like Me
FAYETTEVILLE — President Donald Trump got on stage at around 7 p.m. at Fayettevilles Crown Expo Center with a cheering crowd of supporters to greet him. Vice President Mike Pence, Donald Trump Jr. and the two local Republican congressional candidates they were there to support — state Sen. Dan Bishop, running in the NC-9 special election, and state Rep. Greg Murphy, running in the NC-3 special election — each had their moments on stage.

The most valuable thing, the most valuable commodity we have on the campaign trail is the presidents time, Tim Murtaugh, director of communications for the Trump campaign, told North State Journal moments before the president began his speech. So the fact that were here for this special election is a big indicator of what we think of North Carolina.

He said with the national convention in Charlotte and other recent visits from the president, they see North Carolina as a key part of their map to victory.

It was not the first time Trump’s trademark hairstyle has been in the centre of attention. The US president famously joked in October last year that he had to call off an event following a mass shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh due to “a bad hair day”, thus provoking a strong reaction from the public who criticised the president for choosing to cancel the event due to an unfortunate hairstyle rather than paying attention to the anti-Semitic massacre.

Well be back to North Carolina quite a bit, Murtaugh added. Its an important state.

The rally in North Carolina gathered more than 5,000 supporters and was held ahead of a special election in the 9th Congressional District and featured a prolonged discussion on the US economy and falling unemployment rates, with the participation rate for women in the workforce being at the highest level in 15 years, according to the US president.

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Two months after his rally there produced send her back chants, the president brought identity politics back to the state.

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — Rick Myers traveled from central California — 2,861.9 estimated miles, according to a sign he was carrying — to arrive more than seven hours early at President Trumps rally on Monday.

Donald Trump used the opportunity of a presidential campaign rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina that was held on 9 September to comment on his full head of hair, by saying that he wanted to show his supporters that his hair was “real” and was “better” than those of most of his friends.

I wanted to see it for myself, Mr. Myers said, pointing to the long line of people waiting to enter the Crown Theater. There were two main draws: the crowd of like-minded superfans, and the prospect of hearing the president tell it like it is about undocumented immigrants, he said.

North Carolina has released thousands of dangerous criminal aliens into your communities and you see it, Mr. Trump said. The charges against these free criminals include sexual assault, robbery, drug crimes and homicide. Murder!

The remark came as the president was explaining why the rally that was originally meant to be held at the Fayetteville Regional Airport had been moved to the Crown Expo Centre, following bad weather forecasts and the need to increase the size of the venue.

Two months after Mr. Trumps last North Carolina rally, where supporters unleashed a send her back chant about a Somali-American congresswoman that was immediately denounced as racist, the president did what the president often does. On Monday night, rather than deliver a speech tailored only to conventional topics like a crucial special congressional election in North Carolina on Tuesday, or about economic numbers that White House officials have been trying to tout, Mr. Trump brought his signature brand of identity politics — steeped in racial division and fears of white Christian replacement — to a crowd that was eager to embrace those themes.

“At least you know its mine”, he said at that time pointing at his coiffure. “And I said Maybe, I should cancel this arrangement because I have a bad hair day. And the bad news, somebody said it actually looks better than it usually does”.

They cheered loudly, urging Mr. Trump on, as he talked about mass deportations, foreign refugees overrunning communities and unproven allegations of voter fraud in California. They booed on cue with every mention of the Democratic enemies, all women or people of color: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi; Hillary Clinton; former President Barack Obama; and the group of freshman congresswomen nicknamed the squad. Democrats were branded the America-hating left.

In conversations with more than a dozen attendees before and after the rally, they made clear that their support for the president was not in spite of his inflammatory rhetoric, but because his chosen targets often match their own.

This is like college — its like a pep rally of like-minded people and we feel safe here, said Linda Barrera, 66, from Charlotte. Obama wanted to be the global leader of the world. He felt like he knew what was best for me. Trump fixed it.

Brian Kelly of Fayetteville said he felt Mr. Trump understood the people who experience most discrimination right now are us, Christians.

I hate this racist nonsense. Its just a political ploy, Mr. Kelly said. You can say anything you want if youre a Muslim or an atheist.

The symbiosis between speaker and audience is a reminder of Mr. Trumps powerful hold on the Republican Partys base heading into his 2020 re-election bid. Although two former congressmen, Joe Walsh of Illinois and Mark Sanford of South Carolina, have both recently announced primary challenges against Mr. Trump, there is little evidence that the majority of Republican voters feel any moral objection to the president.

In fact, they are seemingly in lock step, and the Republican infrastructure has been remade to reflect that marriage. Mr. Trumps latest approval ratings among Republican voters hovers around 90 percent, almost identical to where it was after his inauguration in 2017. At the North Carolina rally, down-ballot Republicans echoed Mr. Trumps rhetoric as soon as they took the microphone, warning of the liberal Democrats who want to destroy the nuclear family and who had brought America to a tipping point through sanctuary cities.

Even in the order of speakers who warmed up the crowd before the presidents arrival, Mr. Trumps impact was felt. Republican Senator Thom Tillis of North Carolina got the early slot, while Donald Trump Jr., his girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle, and Diamond and Silk, the slick-talking social media stars and Trump superfans, got the later, more coveted speaking times.

We got off that Democratic plantation and switched our party to Republican to vote for Donald J. Trump, Diamond and Silk said to cheers. The women, who are both black, have risen to superstardom in Mr. Trumps media orbit by lending their personality, and their identity, to insulating Mr. Trump against accusations of racism.

Doors closed to the people still looking to come inside Crown Expo Center for Trump rally in Fatetteville. Soon after they turned around to watch proceedings from large monitor outside. A man in Trump cap said they were told the center was full. “A damn shame,” another guy said.

When they try to play the race card, I want you all to stand up and play the Trump card, they said to huge cheers.

But while Mr. Trumps events are often known for the drama that unfolds inside — the chanting, the propensity for inflammatory remarks from speakers, the occasional scuffle among protesters, and the bombastic words of the president himself — the rally does not encompass the entire experience. Like Mr. Myers, the Californian who arrived early, many of Mr. Trumps rally-going supporters said the outings were equally defined by the carnival-like atmosphere that greets attendees even before Mr. Trump speaks.

Some people are starting to file out. This is not unusual for these big rallies that go late. Some folks have come from a long way. One guy Trump interacted with in the audience said he was from Rutherford County – thats almost four hours away. #FayTrump

Its in the hours before the rally, in the lines for refreshments and sunscreen and knockoff Make America Great Again merchandise, where Mr. Trumps crowds are ripened for the coming spectacle. Fears of illegal immigration are swapped over popcorn, and anecdotal stories about voter fraud and food stamp fraud committed by noncitizens and black Americans are rampant. A man wearing a Communism News Network shirt with the CNN logo as a hammer and sickle said he wanted to see a more respectful political climate. A build the wall chant broke out suddenly, after another man walked through the crowd carrying a large sign that said an immigrant killed one of his family members.

By 30 minutes or so before the event was supposed to begin, the doors to the Expo Center were closed, as the crowd had reached capacity. People still in line had to join the overflow crowd and watch on a large screen outside.

Trisha Hope, 55, was attending her 23rd rally for Mr. Trump. Ms. Hope sells a book of all the presidents tweets since Inauguration Day. They are history that needs to be preserved, she said, and have never been inaccurate. Ms. Hope estimated that shes read every tweet about 50 times.

Video of the crowd from the press area of the rear side of the space at the #FayTrump rallyLooks like the audience is reaching near the max capacity of 5500#nc09 #ncpol

President Trump touched something inside me, Ms. Hope said. He speaks like me and he talks like me. When the media acts like hes offending everyone, I know thats not true.

The rally tonight was held at the Crown Expo Center on Coliseum Drive. It was originally going to be at Fayetteville Regional Airport, but the location was changed on September 6.

During Mr. Trumps first presidential run, Republicans and some curious Democrats would arrive wide-eyed to his events, after scenes of anti-media taunting and unvarnished anti-immigrant sentiment repeatedly went viral. This time around, that raw energy has been professionalized, as evidenced by the big-screen televisions that play news clips from Mr. Trumps election night victory on loop.

Among the most popular of Mr. Trumps supporters at rallies are the black attendees, who are frequently stopped by people asking to take photos, or personally thanked by white attendees. A traveling group of about a dozen black Trump supporters wear shirts that read Trump and Republicans are NOT racist! and often enter the rally to cheers.

Authorities from Cumberland County ask protesters to leave because they don’t have a permit to protest at the #TrumpRally in Fayetteville.

Osigah Kakhu, 23, a North Carolina Trump supporter who is the son of Nigerian immigrants, wore a signed hat from Vice President Mike Pence. Like his white counterparts, Mr. Kakhu said he agreed with Mr. Trumps rhetoric about immigrants, including his infamous insult of African nations.

The president tells things blatantly, and hes rude, but hes also right, Mr. Kakhu said. Can you name a white country thats a dump, he asked, though he repeated the vulgar language the president used.

Astead W. Herndon is a national political reporter based in New York. He was previously a Washington-based political reporter and a City Hall reporter for The Boston Globe. @AsteadWesley

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