What does an attention seeking fascist billionaire do when he wants to keep his stronghold on the attention of the nation? He holds a political rally in a liberal bastion like Vermont. Not only that, but he holds that rally in the town where Bernie Sanders began his political career as mayor in 1981: Burlington, Vermont.
Of course, one can assume that there would be a huge Sanders following in a town where the senior senator served as the town’s leader for nearly a decade and launched his presidential campaign from the town’s park. Trump and his people knew this. They knew this location would provide the side-show of the week if they played their cards right.
First, there was the issue of the tickets. The Trump campaign issued 20,000 free tickets for the rally. The event was being held in a facility that could only hold only 1,400 occupants. Of course, that discrepancy was a purposeful tactic to attempt to collect as many Trump supporters as they could. Basically, Trump cast a very large net to make sure he had a sizable crowd in support of him in Sanders’ home town.
So as not to take the risk of filling the venue with just Bernie voters, security screened attendees at the door asking for their allegiance to Trump. Of course, it didn’t take long for the crowd to figure out they had to praise The Donald to get in the door. Because, clearly, if you are running for president and need votes, you want to ONLY speak to those who already agree with you. To hell with everyone else. That’s how elections are won! (No, no they really aren’t.)
Some Bernie fans did make their way through and they protested on the floor of the rally. How did Trump respond? How he always responds.
In his outrageous, totalitarian style that is the antithesis of The American President he dictates from the podium:
Yeah, throw them out. Throw ’em out into the cold. Don’t give them their coats. No coats! No coats! Confiscate their coats!
Of course, in typical Trump hyperbole, he inaccurately reported the temperature outside as well, saying:
“It’s about 10 degrees below zero outside. . . You can keep his coat; tell him we’ll send it to him in a couple of weeks.”
Incidentally, it wasn’t -10 in Burlington, Vermont last night. It was about 20 degrees fahrenheit according to Weather Underground. Certainly cold and hardly a temperature I’d want to be outdoors in without a coat, but apparently 20 degrees just wasn’t cold enough for Trump’s Schadenfreude. Oh no, he needed to fantasize about it being 30 degrees colder outside to really get his rocks off.
Each time protesters were thrown out of the rally, the sizable crowd outside cheered with great enthusiasm! Yeah!
Watch Donald Trump lust over the thought of Bernie Sanders’ supporters freezing to death, here:
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