Donald Trump, Sarah Palin Bring Energy to Tulsa Crowd
January 21, 2016
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It may have taken a while, but after a delay of over an hour, Donald Trump showed up to excite the crowd of around 15,000 at the Oral Roberts University Mabee Center. The presidential candidate excited the crowd for about an hour, also bringing in former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin who endorsed Trump on January 19.
The crowd was full of energy, with true passion coming from the Trump fans. Even after the hour wait, they were extremely excited to see Trump and Palin, cheering for every promise and positive thing Trump said, while voicing their displeasures about the current administration under President Barack Obama. When you see other candidates on TV and youtube, there is a noticeable dull feeling in the air; a somewhat lack of energy. Most candidates don’t seem to tap into the anger of the voters, but this is something Trump did very well in Tulsa and has done very well since he announced his bid for the White House last June. Many people are very angry and fed up with the current situation in Washington, and that is exactly what Trump’s game plan this election season is based off of. Telling the voters everything wrong with politicians and why they are hurting the country is something that is working for him in a big way. This can best be shown by his constant attacks on Jeb Bush, the mainstream, establishment candidate of the Republican party. Over the past six months, Trump has called Bush everything in the book, including “lightweight, dope, loser, low-energy, and – as he did today – a stiff.” It is not conventional politics to call people these things, but he is changing the whole ballgame.
As Sarah Palin spoke, she stuck to the same strategy as Trump, bashing establishment and the same old politics.
“Enough of the status quo!” Palin said in her famous Alaskan accent. “We need a fundamental restoration in our country to fix what is going on!”
The people loved Palin and Trump. One lady even showed up in a dress with nothing but Trump pictures on it. She wasn’t the only one wearing passionate attire. There were many others in the building wearing “Hillary for prison 2016” shirts. Some were even there from Bartlesville, showing their passion for the Trump campaign.
“It was good and lit,” sophomore Travis Everett said. “Oklahoma is the reddest state in the Union and it was fun to watch. Trump is such a character.”
Though Trump was an hour late, the energy never died.
“The energy of the Trump rally was amazing,” sophomore Evan Wingate said. “The thousands of people standing and shouting was truly awing.”
Between him and Sarah Palin, Donald Trump brought energy to a building like I’d never seen before, besides major college sporting events. Even when there were protesters, it only riled the crowd up and made them more energized. It also made Trump more energized, showing he would not let the protests disrupt his event or slow him down; immediately removing those who protested.
Trump heavily attacked Bernie Sanders, the independent senator from Vermont running on the democratic ticket. “Bernie is a whack job,” Trump said. He is a socialist/communist. “How many of you want to pay 90% taxes?!” he exclaimed.
While this got the crowd excited, and while senator Sanders is a self-proclaimed democratic socialist, it is not true he is a communist, nor is it true that he is proposing 90% taxes. Still, this shows how Trump’s energy and emotion plays into crowd, something truly astonishing.
Trump also wasn’t afraid to attack Hillary Clinton, saying, “she might not make it to the presidency legally.” Referring to the investigation of her personal email server she used for important, classified information during her time as secretary of state. Clinton was easily the most disliked person at this rally, and that was easy to tell from crowd reaction.
Trump has shown he has plenty of strength and stamina to lead the country, and his event was even more energized than I expected. He and his supporters are “angry,” as he puts it. He is leading something that seems revolutionary, and certainly impressive considering his high standing in the polls all across the country. Because of his massive crowds, great poll numbers, and his anger at traditional politics in America, Donald Trump has an excellent chance to become the President of the United States. His support is widespread, shown perfectly by the energized rally January 20 at Oral Roberts University.
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