Inside Donald Trump’s Victory Party in New Hampshire

Inside Donald Trump's Victory Party in
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MANCHESTER, New Hampshire — After a rally on Monday night that drew 5,000 to a sports arena here in a snowstorm, Donald Trump’s victory celebration on Tuesday night was a comparatively intimate affair.

The ballroom at the Executive Court Banquet Facility here — sandwiched between a steakhouse and a Best Western Plus hotel — was packed with a few hundred campaign volunteers and ardent supporters.

Reporters from around the world were crammed in the back so tight that overflow tables were hastily set up in the lobby.

The gathering at times had the feel of being among a group of boosters for a beloved college football team on a winning streak. There was lots of chanting— “Trump! Trump! Trump!” and “USA! USA! USA!” — and waving of oversized foam fingers in addition to Trump’s “Make America Great Again” campaign placards.

There was a sense of bewilderment in the eyes of some Trump campaign staffers, the foot soldiers who helped a man who had never run for political office before top a field of experienced Republican governors (including one named Bush) and senators to win the first-in-the-nation primary. Trump campaign officials compared notes on the demographic breakdown of the voting results in New Hampshire with TV news producers, a sign of the how Trump’s campaign infrastructure is still in its formative stage.

CNN was the network of choice for election results at the gathering for most of the night, although the channel switched to Fox News after 8 p.m. ET when the polls officially closed. Scattered boos could be heard when Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly appeared on screen, in a nod to Trump’s unrestrained criticism of Kelly.

The boos were much louder during the telecast of Hillary Clinton’s concession speech, after the Democratic front-runner came in second to her ultra-liberal rival, Bernie Sanders. “Bo-ring” a group of men chanted, for the benefit of the TV cameras trained on the Trump event, when Clinton railed against the influence of money in politics, a subject that Trump has also taken on in his self-financed campaign.

There were boos for Clinton’s passing references to President Obama and the Affordable Care Act. There were boos when the camera panned to Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton.

The Trump crowd mostly ignored the speech that followed by Sanders, except when it went on too long, delaying Trump’s turn at the microphone. “Shut Up Bernie,” they chanted briefly at line point.

Finally, Trump’s turn came. His remarks were subdued by his standard. He didn’t break new ground with zingers or OMG moments. He started his remarks by extending heartfelt thank-yous to his family, notably his parents, Fred and Mary, and he saluted his siblings including his late brother, Fred. He congratulated, in his own unique way, his opponents for running a strong race. “Now that I got that over with,” he said of the obligatory graciousness.

Trump’s 15-minute speech didn’t veer much from his standard campaign-trail promises. He vowed to build a wall along the nation’s border with Mexico to keep illegal immigrants and drugs from flowing into the country. He vowed to repeal and replace Obamacare with a better system. He promised that on his watch, America would “beat” China, Japan and Mexico at trade deals that allow those countries “to take so much of our money away from us on a daily basis.” He closed by predicting he will win the Feb. 20 Republican primary in South Carolina.

The message that Trump is not beholden to any special interests because he has self-financed his campaign to date has surely resonated with his supporters.

John Caputo, of Ossipee, N.H., has been a fan of Trump’s since he watched him build the Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City in the 1980s.

“We all know he’s great in business,” Caputo said. “He can’t be bought by anyone because he’s already got more money than anyone who is trying to buy him.”

Caputo was red-faced and sweating as he spoke because he’d been energetically waving a bright red “Trump 2016” scarf in front of the bank of TV cameras. He’s been active in politics for years (he volunteered that he voted for Bill Clinton in 1992) but never with the same enthusiasm that he feels for Trump. In Caputo’s view, Trump’s track record in business means that the billionaire can back up audacious boasts such as the promise he made to the victory party crowd: “I will be the greatest jobs President that God ever created.”

Alan Fairfield, 17, of Amherst N.H., said he’s glad to see his candidate “really taking off” in New Hampshire. “People didn’t take him seriously before” but they will now, he said. Fairfield was proud and gratified after starting his day at 5 a.m. ET volunteering for Trump’s get-out-the-vote effort.

Other young voters were enjoying the moment for the candidate they’ve embraced. Outside the Executive Court just as the party broke up, a twenty-something woman in an oversized fisherman sweater and jeans ran down the sidewalk toward her gaggle of friends, with a can of Bud Lite in hand. She looked for all world like she was feeling pretty great about America.

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  1. Sal U. Lloyd says:

    Hampshire neckkks?

  2. WE MUST WATCH THE REPUBLICAN ESTABLISHMENT FOR ANY CHEATING IN THE COMING PRIMARIES.

    Illegal immigration hurts every working American, our system of social services and lowest incomes get hurt the most. The illegal alien invasion that has got far worse since Obama stepped into the White House. For some unfortunate reason that is beyond my understanding the Democrats specifically believe the money comes from the federal treasuries? But then think about where that cold hard cash materializes from? It’s from YOU the taxpayers; it’s from your pockets. Should you have a job, the IRS takes it from you and hands it out to the 15/20 million plus illegal aliens and your get the remnants, after a share is collected by the deadbeats, who prefer to sit at home and watch TV, unless they have a under the table job, that majority of foreign nationals survive on.

    A WORD OF WARNING ABOUT THE RUMOR THAT A GOP ESTABLISHMENT SUPER PAC IS GATHERING TO TAKE DOWN DONALD TRUMP. ANY UNDERHAND TRICKS AGAINST BEN CARSON AS USED BY TED CRUZ, WILL HOLD JEB BUSH, CHRISTIE, KASICH & MARCO RUBIO, AND THE POSSIBLE INTERVENTION OF MICHAEL BLOOMBURG, WHO HAS OPENLY SAID THAT HE WANTS ILLEGAL ALIEN AMNESTY WILL NOT BE TOLERATED BY THE PEOPLE THEN WE KNOW ELECTIONS ARE RIGGED.

    THE RESIDENT ESTABLISHED POLITICIANS IN BOTH PARTIES WILL DO ANYTHING, TO ERASE ANY CHANCE OF BUSINESSMAN, OUTSIDER DONALD TRUMP TO GET HIS FOOT ON THE STEPS OF THE WHITE HOUSE.

    Whether you’re in Maine, Oregon or Colorado and anyone of the 50 states this government has secretly released 1000’s of criminal illegal aliens and releasing no information to the police authorities wherever they dumped the buses occupants. Many would have fled to San Francisco, or many other cities that have been branded a Sanctuary City where not to long ago Kate Steinle was murdered by a five time deported illegal alien. Then as if it never happened, a silence has emanated from the mainstream press or the police. As I have learned lately police Departments have been ordered to say nothing about illegal immigrants, or could collect a pink slip. Donald Trump was not far from the truth, when he said murderers, rapists.

    DON’T THINK THE ILLEGAL ALIEN INVASION WILL NOT EFFECT YOU, YOUR JOBS; BECAUSE OF OBAMAS ILLEGAL EXECUTIVE ORDERS, GOP SYNDICATE CHEAP LABOR DEMANDS OR DEMOCRATS WANTING MORE VOTER’S WHETHER THEY ARE CITIZENS OR NON-CITIZENS TO VOTE ILLEGALLY.

    The first primary in New Hampshire is over, but now comes a Nevada caucus and South Carolina follows. Donald Trump won for the the angry American movement, with a large proportion of Independence, and usually none voters who may appear, but eliminating all but a few GOP establishment presidential nominees. To reiterate every one of the hopes for the White House has been left afloat by millions of dollars from Special Interests. I was even surprised to hear from Hillary Clintons adversary had collected a large sum of money from a wealthy donor, who I imagine was Communist billionaire George Soros. It must be clearly understood that all the Super Pac money and not so benevolent donors who will return at some unknown date, saying they had contributed to each and every governor on the stage, outsiders–but only Donald Trump cannot be faulted, because he has used his own money.

    Next primary on the very close horizon is South Carolina, and the millions of people fed up with the hierarchy in either the Democratic establishment or GOP should review the economic issues. Without doubt illegal immigration comes top of the list, as it spreads out to every point in our society causing a major disruption in our lives. Over a hundred billions dollars go to feed, house and the medically manage their families to keep them well. Then what do we get in return demonstrations demanding even more and flag waving of foreign nations.

    There is a war going on, and it’s hidden by Homeland Security that is supposed to protect the borders. Only our Southern border doesn’t exist in many sectors from Texas to California. Only in major populated areas, will you find a strong barrier that exists, as the rest is nothing but a small river that can be crossed, or some old barbed wire that the Environmentalist crazies cry a wall cannot be built because of a rare toad, or lizard. Yet beyond that demarcation line between a not so friendly Mexico is a no mans land, which drug dealers inhabit and where property owners live in fear. Just in many counties a single sheriff with a few deputies, must enforce the law, which is almost an impossible task.

    Inside our country ICE has a formidable task, but is held at bay by Obamas policies. Even at the border the US Border Patrol they have been restrained from their responsibility to detain into custody the daily load of illegal aliens. They are only required by their directives to check for criminals and then release nationals into our society, not knowing if they will report to federal immigration court for a hearing. Most by then have vanished and will only see immigration judge if caught at some future time.

    There is no detection at airports or other ports of entry as pregnant women slip past immigration to purposely have their child here. Once again, Illegal mothers arrive in America as a tourist, to have their child/children here and claiming citizenship for the child, placing the costs for hospital, aftercare and every other benefit. The problem of visa overstays is gargantuan, and must be addressed. Over 40% of current illegal aliens actually came here legally, many on temporary visas, and just never left. Now, there is a real occasion to effectively deal with this type of illegal immigration and show contempt for our laws significantly less tempting, if overstays were finally validated as illegal.

    Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA) has introduced HR 2848, the Visa Overstay Enforcement Act of 2015, to bring penalties for visa overstays in-line with existing laws for crossing our borders illegally. This logical move will remove the special treatment that some illegal aliens currently benefit from, just because they had permission to stay in the U.S., for a limited time, at some point in the past.

    Although illegal immigration is the dominating event, Trump will end Obamacare, which premiums are about to rise. A new fighting force with the weaponry and equipment to provided to keep us safe, from dangerous adversaries. Monetary aftercare for our Veterans and Senior citizens that have been forgotten, while there is always funds in government for foreign nationals who violated the law. The renegotiation of fairer terms in international trade and not being cheated by foreign governments who are stealing hundreds of billions of dollars, A return of companies, jobs to the United States as taxes will be lowered for multi national companies, corporate in locations as Mexico. Our right to bear arms will be back in the hands of states, and no controlled by Obama administration. Certain federal agencies should be controlled by the 50 states and not mismanaged by bureaucrats in Washington.

  3. D Somerset says:

    Amazing VICTORY! Glad that the wonderful people of New Hampshire chose GREATNESS over mediocrity. TRUMP WILL MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!!!!

  4. brian buxton says:

    it will be interesting to see , fact is it is already ineresting to see just how much crow can these phoney pundits eat ? sensing the aftermath of being consistantly wrong all along when its your alleged job to predict … some are cozying up already … trump is great if for no other reason than he can rub the entire medias nose in it with one hand …

  5. SeniorsTn9 says:

    TRUMP, and other like-minded individuals, have a voice in politics today, and will tomorrow, because corrupt and incompetent governments everywhere have failed in every aspect of their fiduciary responsibilities towards their individual countries, and as representatives of their countries on an international level. TRUMP is a breath of fresh air compared to the alternatives. People are in a desperate search for something where less than nothing has existed for far too long. People around the world are done with watching their individual countries implode while they also watch international efforts continually fail on every front.
    The vast majority of voters are against the status quo and all of its endless BS and failures at home and around the world. Those elitist out there, suffering with their superiority complexes, always were and continue to be wrong minded. Their decisions have failed everyone. They’re bankrupting countries everywhere. They need to wake up and smell the roses. They are all due for a rude awakening. We all need a wake-up call. TRUMP is every voter’s wake-up call. We can’t keep doing the same thing and expecting different results, that’s the definition of insanity. Not being politically correct is correct. The real fear today is not changing what we are doing. Every voter knows that if we don’t do something to change our current course we will lose everything.
    Trump’s complaint of a voter high-jacking in IOWA, apologized for by Ted Cruz, was validated by Trump’s New Hampshire victory results and all voters will remember this. If numbers mean anything, TRUMP is the real deal and votes know this to be true. The wrong minded disgruntled elitist establishment will try everything to stop TRUMP. Their BS will fail. They refuse to hear the voters. Disgruntled voters, of every party affiliation, are always the true and only catalyst for positive changes. We definitely need to clean house. Vote for change; Vote to make America great again.

  6. IT--two--IT says:

    TRUMP –MUST–outflank them ALL.

    TRUMP –MUST– call out the INTER–generational TREASON op.

    TRUMP –MUST— address the RED CHINA set up and handover.

    ————————————–TRUMP MUST head for INCHEON!———————————–

  7. IT--two--IT says:

    AMERICA is slowly awakening to the AWESOME reality of RED CHINA handover TREASON.

    It’s DONE. And now the —long planned shutdown, overrun and takedown of
    AMERICA and the WEST are undeniably underway.

    2022 is said to be the BIG EVENT.

    FREE little South KOREA’s being set up. It will be the Little BIG Horn trigger event.

    American Pacific power will FALL. American sovereignty WILL end.

    And then it start to get SERIOUSLY bad.

    KEEP ENJOYING YOURSELVES!

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