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Saturday, August 13, 2016

Thousands rally for Trump in Fairfield, Connecticut, Sat. August 13, 2016

Crowd of 4,000 to 5,000 people above, 8/13/16, Trump rally in Fairfield, Connecticut, “Tonight Enough said. We are going to win.


Most of the fat cats are invested with the Democrat party, but an occasional one comes Trump’s way. 8/1/16, Woody Johnson throwing pricey Hamptons fundraiser for Trump,NY Post, Bennett Marcus


8/13/16, Trump turns up the heat at Fairfield rally,”, Neil Vigdor, Fairfield

"Donald Trump confounded the tea leaf readers with a rare general election cameo Saturday in Connecticut, where the bombastic real estate mogul became the first Republican since Bob Dole in 1996 to make a foray into the true blue state this late on the political calendar.

It came on the hottest day of the year in the state and just 48 hours before a $33,400-per-plate fundraiser for Hillary Clinton in Greenwich.

There was thunder and lightning — not just from Trump — during his visit to Sacred Heart University in Fairfield. A passing storm cell forced thousands of Trump’s supporters to take cover in the school’s steamy basketball arena after the presidential hopeful’s rally.

“We’re making a big move for the state of Connecticut,” a late-arriving Trump told a capacity crowd.

Twice in April during the primary race, Trump visited Connecticut, where he romped over Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. But this is new territory for Republicans and Trump, who has been second-guessed by the pundits for diverting time and resources from the battlegrounds of Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida, where he is trailing Clinton.

Connecticut GOP Chairman J.R. Romano, a Derby native, dismissed the detractors.

“Same guys that were giving Mitt Romney advice,” Romano said. “This electoral map may look a little different than what we’re used to.”

The William H. Pitt Center, the university’s basketball arena, felt more like a sauna, with 4,000 to 5,000 people wreaking havoc on the air conditioning. Outside, an overflow crowd listened to an unscripted Trump hurl insults at “crooked Hillary and Connecticut’s governor, Dannel P. Malloy, while protesters dotted a nearby intersection.

“By the way, the fact that it’s 190 degrees in this room makes me appreciate the people of Connecticut even more,” Trump said. “It’s like a sweatsuit I’m wearing.”…

Trump came out on stage to Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the U.S.A.” and did not use a TelePrompTer. The onetime Greenwich resident was loaded for bear on Connecticut’s tax climate, Clinton’s email scandal and his favorite foe, the media.

“It’s a garbage paper,” Trump said of the New York Times. “Maybe we’ll start thinking about taking away their press credentials from them.”…

The Catholic university faced criticism for hosting Trump, who is friends with the university’s top benefactor, former wrestling executive and twice-thwarted Senate candidate Linda McMahon. The WWE matriarch was in attendance.

Wilton’s Annalisa Stravato, the state GOP’s vice chairwoman, said Trump is loyal to a fault, including to the primary voters who embraced him in April.

“I think he realizes that Connecticut came out big for him, and we will do it again,” Stravato said….

Sherman First Selectman Clay Cope said he is honoring the will of Republicans in the 5th District, where he is challenging Democrat Elizabeth Esty.

“I have to support Trump because he won in the 5th District,” Cope said, pointing out that his opponent was a Clinton superdelegate even though Bernie Sanders won in the 5th District primary. “If people want Trump, I’ve got to support Trump.”

State Sen. Michael McLachlan, R-Danbury, a delegate for Trump to the GOP national convention last month in Cleveland, said it was disappointing that some of his colleagues were giving Trump a wide berth.

“I can’t imagine they’re voting for Hillary Clinton,” McLachlan said. “Let’s face it, the U.S. Supreme Court is in the balance this election.”

Connecticut hasn’t broken the way of a GOP presidential candidate since 1988, when Greenwich-raised George H.W. Bush carried the state over Michael Dukakis. It hasn’t elected a Republican to Congress or statewide office in a decade, giving Democrats a power monopoly that includes the governor’s office and both chambers of the Legislature.

But that history and voter registration disadvantage for Republicans belied the reception from the predominantly white audience for Trump, who swept all 28 of the state’s GOP delegates with his April primary landslide in the state.

Thousands of people — many of them grassroots Trump supporters with no political background — endured triple-digit heat and long lines to absorb the candidate’s unfiltered and frequently-controversial message…

Trump’s sun-burnt legions started waiting in line more than two hours before the rally, some seeking refuge under umbrellas or in the shade of trees.”…

Above, 8/13/16, Trump supporters in Fairfield, Connecticut, photo from CT Post, Hearst Connecticut Media


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