KID REPORTERS’ NOTEBOOK
Trump Tries in New Hampshire
On February 2, more than 3,000 Donald Trump supporters crammed into an athletic club in Milford, New Hampshire, to hear the Republican candidate speak. The place was buzzing with excitement. Before Trump came on, a group of people went onto the stage and delivered speeches. This included some of Trump’s campaign managers and former United States Senator Scott Brown.
This rally was important because it was right after the Iowa Caucus, in which Trump finished second. Trump said that he was pleased with the final standing in Iowa, although he has complained elsewhere that the process was unfair.
At the rally, Trump promised to make “big, big cuts in taxes to the middle class.” When asked about his position on gun control, he said, “We're going to protect ourselves by protecting the Second Amendment." The Second Amendment says that "the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed."
One main topic was illegal immigration. Trump said that he did not oppose immigration. Rather, he just wants immigrants to settle in the U.S. legally.
One Trump supporter with whom I spoke said, “I like his immigration policy. He wants to secure the borders and make people come in the way they used to. You come in, get a job, you support yourself, and you contribute to this country.”
Trump stood by his decision to not participate in the final Republican debate before the Iowa Caucus. That decision was said to have contributed to his defeat to Ted Cruz. Trump said that he had been proud to hold a fundraising event for veterans at the same time as the debate, raising 6 million dollars.
"I like how he is trying to support the country," said Pearse Wojczak, a young Trump fan from Connecticut, "and how he is trying to protect us.”
Trump ended the rally with a look toward the New Hampshire Primary, saying, “I expect to win."