Trump speaks in Patchogue

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Trump speaks in Patchogue

Story By: LIZ FINNEGAN
4/21/2016


PATCHOGUE—After waiting on lines a block long and amidst tight security, more than 1,000 people who had paid between $100 and up to $1,000 entered The Emporium in Patchogue. It was there where Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump delivered an emotionally pumped-up speech that could be likened to a pep rally. The event was a fundraiser for the Suffolk County Republicans that had recently endorsed Trump.

Just before the event kicked off, a massive crowd of all ages lined up outside the building brandishing signs in support of the candidate. One of the youngest supporters on line, who was accompanied by his dad, said he was looking forward to seeing Trump in person. Timmy McCarthy, an 11-year-old fifth-grade student from Lake Grove who had started a Young Republican Club in his school and now has 38 members said, “We all want Trump to get in.” 

Stacey Goodman of Commack had purchased her $1,000 ticket when they first went on sale less than a week before the event. She’s a supporter because with Trump, “it’s not politics as usual. He doesn’t always say things in the right way, but what he’s saying is how every American is feeling,” she said. 

Excitement grew inside the venue in anticipation of the guest of honor. Both Suffolk Republican Party Chairman John Jay LaValle and Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino, who ran for governor of New York in 2010, had addressed the audience before the candidate’s arrival. Paladino answered the crowd’s resounding chants of “Trump,” “Trump,” “Trump” by saying, “The silent majority is now the vocal majority.

“Trump is a leader and we like leaders,” he added.

Throughout his speech, Trump made no reference to the many vocal protests that had been taking place outside the venue. Controversy over his visit erupted last week when it was first announced that he would go to Patchogue and speak in a place just yards away from where an Ecuadorian immigrant Marcelo Lucero was stabbed to death in an infamous 2008 hate crime that gained national attention.

He did, however, address the loss of more than half of the manufacturing jobs on Long Island and the loss of 30 percent of businesses. “I can’t believe you guys let it happen,” he remarked, and noted that the current politicians “are selling our country out.” He referred to how businesses are moving to other countries, a situation he said he would work to reverse. “We have the greatest businesspeople right here in the U.S., but we don’t use them. We [referring to his campaign] will use them,” he said.

“I’m not angry at [other] countries, I’m angry at stupid politicians.”

He once again vowed to build a border wall between the United States and Mexico, and that Mexico would pay for it. And, regarding terrorism, he said, “We’re going to solve that problem fast.” 

He said our country would take better care of its veterans and he promised to enhance the military. “We’ll build our military bigger, better and stronger,” he said. 

“We’re going to start winning again…so much so you’re going to get sick of winning,” added Trump as the crowd roared in accord. “You are going to be so proud of your president and of your country.”