The New York Times:
Donald Trump Fails to Fill Alabama Stadium, but Fans’ Zeal Is Undiminished
By ALAN BLINDER
AUG. 21, 2015
“Please focus your attention to the eastern sky,” a man’s voice announced on the loudspeakers at one point, “for the arrival in Mobile, Ala., of the next president of the United States, Donald J. Trump.” As advertised, Mr. Trump’s jet soon passed over the stadium.
By the time of the flyover, some Trump fans had been at the stadium for about 12 hours, attracted to an event whose potential for scale and boisterousness surged as the week went on.
Although Mr. Trump has drawn criticism for unveiling few detailed policy proposals, many of his supporters said they were unbothered.
“When he gets in there, he’ll figure it out,” said Amanda Mancini, who said she had traveled from California to see Mr. Trump. “So we do have to trust him, but he has something that we can trust in. We can look at the Trump brand, we can look at what he’s done, and we can say that’s how he’s done everything.”
Still, others said they had plenty of advice for the man they regularly identified in conversation as “Mr. Trump.”
“Hopefully, he’s going to sit there and say, ‘When I become elected president, what we’re going to do is we’re going to make the border a vacation spot, it’s going to cost you $25 for a permit, and then you get $50 for every confirmed kill,’ ” said Jim Sherota, 53, who works for a landscaping company. “That’d be one nice thing.”
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