LACONIA — A capacity crowd of 340 jammed the Weirs Community Center while at least three times that number stood outside last evening to welcome Donald Trump, the most controversial candidate in the growing field vying for the Republican presidential nomination.
"We're going to be very close to one another tonight, very close," a campaign aide told the crowd packed shoulder-to-shoulder into the steamy room. Then, as Trump's coming neared, he announced "I would like everyone to shift to the right," explaining that without a six-foot aisle from the door the Fire Marshall would not let him enter. The crowd squeezed and the aisle parted.
Flanked by four escorts, Trump mounted the podium to say that there were three or four more times people outside than in, then immediately described the recent agreement negotiated with Iran as "a disaster" wrought by "gross incompetents". When a supporter waved a copy of Trump's book, "The Art of the Deal," he responded "they didn't read it" and mocked President Obama for failing to negotiate the release of four Americans imprisoned in Iran as part of the bargain.
Trump then turned on the GOP, saying he was more disappointed with his own party than with the Democrats. He charged that Republicans expressed "great indignation" about foreign policy, the economy and, above all, Obamacare, but "nothing happens. I'm tired of it and you're tired of it," he thundered, to loud applause.
Nothing happens, Trump explained, because politicians are beholden to wealthy donors, special interests and Washington lobbyists. "Who knows it better than me? I gave money to Democrats and Republicans," he confessed. If you give them money, he said, "they do whatever the hell you tell them to do. Now I'm on the other side of the fence."
Plaintively flinging his arms to either side, he declared "I don't need the money" and asked how much do I have?" Answering his own question, he proclaimed "ten billion" and repeated "I really don't need it."
Recalling the scoldings he received for his recent remarks about illegal immigrants, particularly Mexicans, Trump countered by noting that he topped the Republican field in a recent poll in Nevada while also capturing the largest share of the Hispanic vote. by a wide margin "I have thousands of Hispanic employees and I love them," he said. "I'm going to win the Hispanic vote."
"The American dream is dead," Trump proclaimed, turning to the major theme of his campaign, "but I' going to make it bigger and better and stronger than ever before."
In particular, he said he would stem the flow of jobs overseas by getting the better of Mexico and China. If Ford Motor Company planned to build an assembly plant in Mexico, he said he would ensure the plan was abandoned and the factory built in the United States by threatening to tax their imported products 35 percent. As for the Chinese, he said he had dealt with them. "I beat China, beat them badly," he recalled. "They don't like me."
Replying to a question about the plight of small business, Trump referred to his acquisition of the bereft Doral Country Club — "I made a good deal, by the way" — which has become Trump National Doral Miami. "You're going to love the job I'll do,"
The room emptied to the militant strains of Twisted Sister — "We're not gonna take it, No, we ain't gonna take it, We're not gonna take it anymore."
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