January 7, 2016

PHREAK PHEST:

The First Person in Line to Hear Trump in Vermont Is Not a Trump Supporter (Jaime Fuller, 1/07/16, New York)

Burlington, Vermont, is a city of about 40,000 people. Donald Trump is visiting on Thursday night, and his campaign has given out 20,000 free tickets to supporters.

The space where he will be speaking can only fit around 1,400 people. At least 6,500 people are expected to attend.

So Trump's visit to a state that last voted for a Republican president decades ago is starting off about as well as you'd expect. [...]

"If Phish was holding a free concert at the Flynn and gave away 20,000 free tickets, we would cancel the event out of public safety concerns," Burlington police chief Brandon del Pozo added to the Burlington Free Press. "We are committed to accommodating the campaign because political speech is the very essence of the First Amendment."

Local alt-weekly Seven Days went to check the line snaking out in front of the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts earlier today. At the front of the line was a local who has no intention of voting for Donald Trump and had been waiting since 4:30 a.m. to get inside. "I just want to ask [Trump] a question that will bother him," he said. 

Posted by at January 7, 2016 5:16 PM

  

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