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Friday, January 8, 2016

Hundreds in line for Trump rally in Rock Hill, South Carolina, Friday, Jan. 8, 2016

1/8/16, Rock Hill, SC

1/8/16, "Hundreds of Trump supporters turn out early for candidate’s Friday night Rock Hill rally," Herald Online, by Bristow Marchant, Rock Hill, SC

"Hundreds of people began lining up at Winthrop Coliseum Friday afternoon to see Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Two lines stretched from the Coliseum toward the parking lot, and traffic was backed up along Eden Terrace. A row of Trump signs were displayed along the road near the Coliseum.

Some people carried signs they had brought with them or bought pro-Trump items from vendors. Many of them said they supported the candidate for his bold statements.

Chip Baker of Richburg was near the front of the line. He said he arrived at 10:30 a.m. Friday to get a good spot. 

He’s not afraid to speak his mind. He’s not intimidated by the media and he’s anti-political correctness,Baker said.

Baker said he believes the country “is in danger from terrorists, and Trump will try to stop them. Obama is trying to bring them over here. I think Obama hates America.”

Seth and Jennifer Thomas of Summersville, W.Va., drove to Rock Hill at 9 a.m. Friday to set up a stand selling Trump hats, shirts and other gear supporting the candidate.

The couple said they have been to four different states to sell homemade items at Trump appearances. The top sellers, said Seth Thomas, are a Make America Great Again hat, a Hillary for Prison button and a Bomb The (expletive) Out of ISIS button.

Jerel Sangandi from Concord, N.C., came with a pro-Trump sign from the candidate’s web site.

He said he supports Trump because “the guy’s got energy. He’s not low-T. He’s saying everything we believe in. We’re the silent majority.

“But we’re not going to be silent anymore,” added another Trump supporter, Brendan Statafora from Troutman, N.C.

Statafora said he believes that political correctness is destroying the country. It’s destroying the First Amendment. And Trump will support and enforce the Constitution.”

This is Trump’s first appearance in Rock Hill, since the mogul shot to the top of the polls for the GOP’s presidential nomination....

Trump remains the favorite in national polls, leading with 35 percent of voters nationwide and 33 percent in South Carolina, according to a Real Clear Politics average. Even as Trump continues to ride high, Republican Party leaders are working to undermine the candidate, afraid he would lose any general election matchup.

Trump is expected to take the stage at 7 p.m. Friday. The Herald will have live web updates throughout the event."

Image above of Friday afternoon waiting line for Trump rally from The Herald, Rock Hill, South Carolina


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