MANCHESTER, N.H. — Supporters of President Donald Trump were waiting Sunday night in 20-degree weather for a campaign rally on Monday, the eve of the nation’s first primary election.
Team Trump descended on Manchester, New Hampshire, Sunday night in freezing temperatures and snow. The president’s supporters bundled up and prepared to sleep in tents ahead of his re-election campaign rally Monday night.
“I just have a mattress pad for the ground to stay dry, a sleeping bag and an emergency sleeping bag for low temps because it looks like New Hampshire is getting some snow,” said Kjerstan Fonzi.
Many supporters were hoping to skip the long lines they anticipate at the SNHU arena before the rally starts.
“At six o’clock in the morning, we’ve got to break down and get in line, so we’re going to probably start early in the morning,” said Gilles Boudreault.
Trump surrogates also arrived Sunday night to campaign for the president through Tuesday’s primary.
“It’s a show of force to show people that the Trump campaign and President Trump take New Hampshire very seriously and intend to win it in November,” said Tim Murtaugh, the president’s 2020 communications director.
In 2016, Donald Trump narrowly lost New Hampshire to Hillary Clinton. When asked how the president intends to win over those voters in 2020, Murtaugh said, when it comes to the economy, Trump’s numbers speak for themselves.
“This is a show of force and a show that the Trump machine is here and that we mean business,” he said.
Thousands of people are expected at Monday’s 7 p.m. rally. Manchester Police are shutting down roads as early as 7 a.m. with a majority of roads shutting down after noon.
A ‘Cops for Trump’ event will also be held Monday afternoon in Portsmouth with Vice President Mike Pence.
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