Will Trump "Feel the Bern" at Campaign Stop in Sanders' Hometown?
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is on Bernie Sanders’ turf of Burlington, Vermont—where the U.S. senator served as mayor for eight years—for a rally on Thursday night that has rankled police and the mayor while galvanizing the progressive spirit of the democratic socialist’s home base supporters.
According to news reports, Trump’s campaign has reportedly distributed about 20,000 free tickets for an event at a theater that seats roughly 1,400. The Burlington Free Press reported that the earliest spectators arrived before dawn on Thursday.
Dismissing the circus act, the Sanders campaign employed a metaphor that made reference to Vermont’s agricultural traditions.
“Vermont is known for some of the nation’s finest dairy products, so we’re pretty good at identifying and shoveling what the cow leaves on the barn floor when we see it,” campaign manager Jeff Weaver wrote in a fundraising email sent to supporters on Thursday afternoon. “To this day, no one has been able to make Donald Trump pay for the price for his antics. But we can.”
Sanders also issued a more serious statement about Trump’s campaign stop on Wednesday, welcoming the GOP frontrunner to his home state and saying: “I hope his presence here will help him better understand Vermont values—social and economic justice, tolerance, respect for all people and the environment.”
NBC News reporter Katy Tur reported on Twitter:
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