Trump Stumps In Columbus
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump made a brief campaign stop at Port Columbus yesterday. Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow reports.
While dramatic, instrumental music blasted over the speakers inside an airport
hangar, Donald Trump's private jet swooped down and landed in front of several
It was the moment 21-year-old Anthony Cardosi of Westerville had been waiting for
all morning long.
Cardosi: "I got here at like 4:30, 5 o'clock A.M. I was the first in line."
Chow: "So you're hoping to get a first-row seat to the whole thing right?"
Cardosi: "I think I pretty much got it."
Cardosi says what draws him in is the business mogul's independence and his ability
to speak his mind.
Cardosi: "The thing is that he's not held to any kind of lobbyist or anyone so he
doesn't have to do these things to get presidency cause he doesn't have anyone
holding strings on him to make sure he gets things done."
Many supporters reflected Cardosi's enthusiasm for the event. That includes Benjamin
Ross, who was also in line early. Ross, an 18-year-old from Gahanna, says illegal
immigration is stifling the economy and spending $10 billion to build a wall along
the U.S.-Mexican border would be a good investment.
Ross: "On the grand scheme of things that is not very expensive if you consider the
expenses that illegal immigrants are causing to our economy that's just the reality
of the situation."
As his jet pulled around to park right in front of the crowd, the tone of the rally
was intense and energetic. Trump was introduced by former GOP presidential candidate
Chris Christie, the New Jersey governor. His appearance was read by some as a jab at
Gov. John Kasich, who's still in the race but trailing the frontrunner.
Trump did not bring out any headline-making, controversial statements that he tends
to deliver during these kinds of rallies. And he didn't address the recent support
he's gaining from white supremacist groups and the calls to distance himself from
Instead, he stuck to familiar comments that first struck a chord with people like
Cardosi and Ross, such as deporting Mexicans who are living in the U.S. illegally,
building the wall and bulking up national security.
Trump also said his independence can plan an important role when it comes time for
him to negotiate business deals with companies who threaten to take their jobs out
of the country.
Trump: "They're gonna call me, people are gonna call me, friends. I didn't take any
of their money I owe, I owe nobody nuttin folks, nuttin. You know, N-U-T-T-I-N.
Nothing, nothing, nothing."
Trump's criticism of his GOP rivals, his possible Democratic opponent Hillary
Clinton, China and even the media, enlivened the crowd. Including Aprill Sweeney of
Sweeney: "Liars! Liberal liars!"
That's sound from the Ohio Capital Blog. Sweeney attracted the media's attention
after yelling into the press area. She says she's out of work because non-American
citizens are taking jobs.
Sweeney: "You go into any warehouse, any factory, any plant in this country and
they're all Muslims, foreigners, Mexicans. Not very many Americans."
As the crowd headed back to their cars, a lone protestor could be spotted holding up
a sign that read "Make America Drumpf Again." Drumpf, is the name of Donald Trump's
ancestors, and the slogan is based off of a viral video from John Oliver's HBO show
Last Week Tonight, a weekly commentary on current events.
The man holding that sign, Aaron Dagres of Newark, says he wanted to take a stand
and convince people to do more research on Donald Trump.
Dagres: "I mean he's a complete fraud. He's a narcissistic fraud. He talks out of
both sides of his mouth and he really has absolutely no policies whatsoever. No
ideas, no statements, no plans. He's a disaster not only for the Republican party
but for the country."
Before hoping back on his plane, Trump told the crowd that Ohio is an important
state to win during the primaries. He says he will win and winning Ohio will send a
statement to the rest of the country and he said he'll be back.