I attended my first (and last) Donald J Trump Rally at Hampshire, Hills in Milford, NH. I had low expectations of his oratory skills but I found I needed to lower them a bit more. Donald delivered his usual diatribe of insults, boasts and complaints about how he was treated by the press, in spite of their complicity in boosting his popularity. He discussed how well he placed in Iowa in spite of what the pundits had predicted while mentioned the fact that Senator Cruz was born in Canada.
I knew it was going to be an interesting evening when a public address message was made that it was a private affair paid for by Donald Trump and for people not to physically attack protesters. Police would remove any unruly attendees. If there were any outburst from protesters the crowd was encouraged to chant TRUMP, TRUMP, TRUMP.
Gustau Alegret is a correspondent for NTN24 (Nuestra Tele Noticias). I was speaking with him when he was approached by a Trump Rally staff member and asked to leave the premises. Apparently they felt he was too aggressive in his insistence on entering the main hall, however I felt his demeanor was quite reserved. After a few minutes he was escorted out by two law enforcement agents. It is apparent to me that it is politically advantageous to have a private versus a public event.
Trump was introduced by Scott Brown which was a bit of a surprise since I thought he was a bit more the traditional politician. Brown discussed the various failings of the Obama adminstration and invoked the spirit of Ronald Reagan in spite of the fact that the crowd had many young people who probably weren’t even alive when Reagan was President.
The crowd was rather subdued during the rally which was understandable because it was mostly Trump talking about Trump. They did cheer when he said he was going to kick the <expletive> out of Isis. They must be quaking in their boots.