President Donald Trump will be holding a rally Monday night in Manchester, NH at the SNHU arena at 7 p.m., but this didn’t stop supporters from showing up early. Some streets surrounding the arena have been closed off well in advance of Trump’s appearance and some supporters have formed a long line that has flooded all the way down Elm Street.
Many of them have made homemade signs that they are holding up in the air for the passing cars. There is also a large variety of merchandise available for purchase, including hats, buttons, clothing, and Trump rain ponchos to keep dry in the gloomy weather that has swept over the city.
Jay Levesque, 45, arrived at the line at 6 a.m. on Monday He believes that tonight Trump will address “everything he stands for.”
“[He’s going to address] everything the liberals are doing. How they’re crazy convention went, the caucuses in Iowa. He’s going to talk about the impeachment and how he was acquitted and about the economy,” he said.
Levesque also said that he “tried” to follow the Democratic candidates but “they’re all the same person.”
Alexandra Stanley, 29, dressed in a Boston Bruins hoodie and bright yellow jacket arrived in line “around 7 o’clock last night.”
Stanley has been to a Trump rally previously and has also met Trump. “I’ve even personally met him and he didn’t touch me,” she said.
Stanley has not been following any of the Democratic candidates because she said “they’re irrelevant.” She also “prays to God he gets four more years.”
She believes that the first thing that Trump will speak on will be the acquittal that happened in the Senate last week, about which she was “absolutely ecstatic.”
“I think the first thing is going to be the acquittal, which is going to be absolutely insane,” she said.
Stanley supports Trump because of his stance on religion.
“I feel like politics usually only say things to get people’s attention but I firmly believe that he does believe that religion does belong in America. America was founded on religion. The fact that he is for speaking up for Christians, I would say Christians are the most persecuted people when it comes to politics,” she said.
She also supports Trump because she “absolutely” agrees with his pro-life abortion beliefs.
“I think that we have someone who’s bringing religion back into the White House along with pro-life, I think that’s a great thing for women. The fact that a man is backing up women who feel like every child has a right, it’s definitely a big thing,” said Stanley.
Doors open today at 3 p.m., for general public admission at the event, which is scheduled to kick-off at 7 p.m.