POTUS packs SNHU Arena ahead of primary
By: Brittany Jennings
President Trump fired up his base and held a “Keep America Great” rally in New Hampshire ahead of the state’s primary.
Supporters camped out overnight and lined up for hours to attend the rally. They packed into the SNHU Arena in downtown Manchester and once it hit capacity, thousands more watched his speech outside on a jumbo screen in the rain and cold.
Before Trump spoke, former FOX News host Kimberly Guilfoyle, Donald Trump Jr., and Vice President Mike Pence addressed the thunderous crowd.
“Nancy Pelosi can rip up all of my father’s accomplishments,” Don Jr. said, “but she can’t rip up your spirit. And under my father, America will never be a socialist country.”
Pence told Trump supporters, "I'm here for one reason alone, and that is to call for four more years for Donald Trump."
Prior to his rally, Trump had one of the best weeks of his presidency. He held his annual State of the Union address where he reunited a military family, gave legendary talk show host Rush Limbaugh the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and announced an educational scholarship to a young black girl whose mother could not afford private school. Also, he hit his highest approval ratings yet with 49 percent according to Gallup. The Democratic Party bungled the Iowa caucus. And Trump had just been acquitted in his Senate impeachment trial.
Trump was clearly in a celebratory mood along with his supporters.
“Our good Republicans in the United States Senate voted to reject the outrageous partisan impeachment hoax and to issue a full and absolute total acquittal,” he said.
Trump added: “The radical left’s partisan crusade has completely failed and completely backfired. As we keep on winning, Washington Democrats are losing their minds.”
Trump also mentioned his State of the Union address, especially House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s unusual behavior during his speech and her decision to rip up a copy of his address after the president finished.
“I had somebody behind me who was mumbling, mumbling terribly … She was mumbling. Very distracting. Very distracting,” he said.
I also had a chance to talk with rally goers. They were driven by the Democrats’ impeachment drive to remove him from office. This has motivated his base to go out and vote. Trump voters believe the president is doing exactly what he promised to do.
Rally-goer Diane Cooper of Merrimack, NH, said she supports Trump because he’s a businessman.
“He knows how to run things and he’s getting things done! He’s saving our country,” she said.
Trump supporter Jeanne Hollins said, “I love how he’s not politically correct and he says exactly what we’re all thinking.”
She added: “I love his policies and everything he’s been doing for America. How the economy is going and low unemployment. I think he’s doing awesome!”
“With your help on November 3, we are going to defeat the radical, socialist Democrats,” Trump said. “We are going to win New Hampshire in a landslide.”
Trump won big on election night. He crushed former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld in the GOP primary.
The president received a larger share of the vote than Bill Clinton, George W. Bush or Barack Obama did when they ran for re-election.
Trump’s base is energized and if his numbers in the Granite State are any indication of what’s coming in November, the Democrats have no chance.
-Brittany Jennings is the executive producer of The Kuhner Report heard 6-10 AM on WRKO. Follow her on Twitter @Brittany_J10.