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Trump Draws Massive Crowd at New Hampshire Rally 

Trump’s Rally in New Hampshire 

21 February 2016: Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to several thousand supporters at a rally in Atlanta, Georgia. — Photo by actionsports

At the University of New Hampshire, former President Donald Trump drew a large crowd, defying the town’s liberal leanings. The event also attracted pro-Palestinian protesters, showcasing the diverse political landscape of the campus. 

Key Endorsements Boost Campaign 

Donald Trump speaks to a crowd at a political rally in Des Moines, Iowa, leading up to the 2016 presidential election. — Photo by CJHPhotography

Trump received significant endorsements from Chuck Morse, a gubernatorial candidate, and Elizabeth Girard, President of the New Hampshire Federation of Republican Women. These endorsements provided a substantial boost to his campaign. 

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Addressing Economic and Security Concerns 

NEW YORK, USA – Sep 21, 2017: Meeting of the President of the United States Donald Trump with the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko in New York — Photo by palinchak

Elizabeth Girard spoke about American frustrations with inflation, the housing market, and high gas prices. She also emphasized the importance of border security and managing the national debt. 

Unexpected Turnout in Liberal Durham 

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Despite Durham’s liberal reputation, nearly 7,500 people filled the Whittemore Center Arenal. This created a vibrant, concert-like atmosphere for the rally. 

Protesters and Political Discourse 

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Outside the rally, UNH students, identifying as pro-Palestinian protesters, voiced their opposition to Trump’s visit. This demonstration highlighted the political diversity and engagement among the student body. 

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Mask Usage Highlights Divisions 

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The contrast between the mask-wearing protesters outside and the largely maskless crowd inside underscored the ongoing debate over health mandates and personal freedoms. This could remain a contentious issue as 2024 approaches. 

Trump’s Key Rally Promises 

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Trump promised to defund schools with vaccine and mask mandates,. Furthermore, he pledged to end support for critical race theory and gender theory, and introduce the Reciprocal Trade Act against countries like China. 

Humor and Rhetoric: “The Green New Scam” 

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Injecting humor, Trump renamed Biden’s fossil fuel alternatives program “The Green New Scam’. This resonated with and amused his audience. 

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Critiquing Republican Rivals 

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Trump took the opportunity to criticize GOP rivals, particularly Nikki Haley and Chris Sununu, challenging Haley’s polling surge and Sununu’s endorsement. 

Vice Presidential Choice Speculations 

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Speculation about Trump’s potential vice-presidential pick continued, with names like Nikki Haley and South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem being mentioned. However there was no confirmation given at the rally. 

 ‘Lame-Duck’ Presidency: A Strategic Advantage? 

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In response to Ron DeSantis’s comments, Trump supporters argued that a lame-duck president might have advantages, such as being less constrained by donor interests. Trump currently remains well ahead in all polls. 

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Evaluating Sununu’s Endorsement Impact 

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The effectiveness of Chris Sununu’s endorsement of Nikki Haley was questioned.  Some have speculated about his waning influence within the Republican Party. 

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