Overheard at Janesville's Trump rally

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Gazette staff
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Here are some things overheard at the Donald Trump rally in Janesville on Tuesday.

-- “I feel afraid coming here today,” an elderly Trump protester said just before noon Tuesday.

-- "I'm a fan of free-market capitalism, and that's what Trump stands for,” said a young Trump supporter holding two signs reading, “Police lives matter! Take back my country” and “Don't tread on me!! Trump 2016.”

-- “I've been trying to convince myself that he's not Hitler for, like, six months. I've been trying to convince myself that he's not all bad. I wanted to come out here and see that it's not that bad, but it's worse than I thought,” Janesville native and Madison resident Tyler Baggins said.

-- Tana Goertz warmed up the crowd inside the Janesville Conference Center, urging them to vote for the man who cast her on his show, “The Apprentice,” years ago and then hired her as co-chairwoman of his Iowa campaign.

Goertz urged the crowd to vote for Trump: “We have to get him elected, or else we get Hillary!”

-- “I hoped he would elaborate on a few things, but I guess that's not his MO,” Michael Nyre of Antioch, Illinois, said after the speech.

Nyre said if the Republican National Committee denies Trump the nomination, “then I'm going to sit at home and laugh and watch Hillary (Clinton) win the presidency. I think a lot of people are going to take that route.”

-- Lee Vasiliadis of Mukwonago brought his 14-year-old daughter, Brianna, to the event. She pushed her way into the crowd, and Trump autographed her sign.

“I had a really fun time,” she said, her eyes shining. “I really enjoyed it."

-- “I came here because I can't remember the '60s, even though I lived them,” said Bob Baker of Janesville, referring to the protesters.

-- “We're having more fun than you guys!” one Trump protester told onlookers.

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