Trump faithful camped out and ready to rally

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Karen Desautels of East Hampton, Mass., left, and Jennifer Axon of Greenfield, Mass. arrived at SNHU arena Wednesday at about 7 a.m. to be sure the would be right up front for President’s planned rally Thursday.

MANCHESTER, NH — Two Massachusetts women rose bright and early Wednesday morning to make a 2½-hour drive to arrive in the city about 7 a.m. to ensure they would be front and center for President Trump’s planned Keep America Great Rally tomorrow night.

Jennifer Axon of Easthampton, Mass., and Karen Desautels of Greenfield, Mass.,  are assured a good location because they are the first ones in line.

Welcome Trump message on giant projection screen sign outside the SNHU Arena, which played campaign rally footage on a loop for those camping out at the SNHU Arena Wednesday night. Photo/Pat Grossmith

“This guy rocks!” said Axon.  This will be the fourth Trump rally she has attended.

Desautels was decked out in a “Proud Member of the Basket of Deplorables” T-shirt and sported a pink campaign button that said “Women for Trump 2020.”

Trump promotional items on sale downtown. Photo/Pat Grossmith

Asked what it was she liked about the President, Desautels said, “He’s honest and he gets things done.  I think the Democrats don’t like him and some Republicans don’t because when he leaves office everybody is going to be held accountable.”

The Washington Post, which tracks the President’s comments, on Monday reported Trump had made 12,019 false or misleading claims over 928 days in office.

Trump memorabilia booth. Photo/Pat Grossmith

One of his greatest accomplishments, she said, is, “Jobs. A lot of people have jobs. It’s very easy to find one.”

Axon said Trump has a long list of accomplishments and one only needs to google it to see.

The two women arrived at SNHU Arena before police set up a queue using metal dividers and, the women said, they invited them to camp out, which they did.

By 3 p.m., about a dozen people had joined the line.

There’s something for everyone. Photo/Pat Grossmith

Across the street, a vendor had set up a booth selling Donald Trump memorabilia. Tables were piled high with T-shirts, some with the President’s picture on them, many lettered with “Make America Great Again,” “Veterans for Trump 2020,” and “Deplorable N’ Chief” with a cartoon image of the President.

There were also various signs including one that said, “God Guns & Trump,” with Trump colored in the red-white-and-blue of the American flag.

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