“A More Effective Demagogue Will Be Next” – A Visit to a Trump Campaign HQ

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THOMAS HEDGES, TRNN: Hi, welcome to the Real News Network.

We’re here at a republican campaign office on the outskirts of Baltimore, Maryland one day before the general elections. People are campaigning and coordinating vigorously with less than about 24 hours to go until polls close. We’re going to be talking to Trump supporters and Republican voters about some of the issues and apprehensions that they have going into the election.

RACHEL GINGRICH: Hi, good afternoon. My name is Rachel and I’m a volunteer with Kathy Szeliga for US Senate. How are you today ma’am?

She didn’t want to talk.

MATT STEIN: He’s a republican dog. There are some adorable republicans.

Status quo isn’t good enough anymore. Coming out of school with debt, not being able to find jobs, and it’s not getting better, it’s only getting worse. I think a lot of people really don’t think he’s going to fulfill his promises but they rather have that hope than to not have that hope that Hillary’s just going to literally do the same things.

GINGRICH: No Gingrich is my maiden name. But Newt’s adopted so he wasn’t born a Gingrich.

KATHLEEN SMERO: It’s middle class suburbia in Perryhall in Parkville. Middle class families struggling to have a little extra in their paychecks at the end of the week. It’s not that republicans and middle class people don’t want immigrants. We’re a nation of immigrants. But when you see immigrants running up into this country undocumented and not paying taxes, no assimilating into our country, not being Americanized and not feeling like a part of America, I think that that rank was made.

TIM TILGHMAN: This is an indigo state. It’s not blue. It’s nothing you can do to help him in Maryland.

SCOTT TAYLOR: I know people don’t understand when they get all fussed up about Trump is the issues are already there in America. If it wasn’t Trump it’d be somebody else. What people have to worry about, particularly on the democratic side is that the next go around, if things don’t get better in this country, the next pseudo- demagogue will be even worse. But he will be slick, he will be authoritarian, he will be a demagogue, he will blame people, him or her. But he’ll be much slicker. Because he’ll learn to not make a mess of it like Trump did. You know Peggy Noonan in the Wall Street Journal wrote this great column a couple weeks ago saying what a sober Donald Trump would’ve looked like. He’s basically a Donald Trump who spoke about all the right policies and wasn’t crazy as a personality, I think the election wouldn’t even be close.

But even more so, should the democrats win tomorrow.

SMERO: We were talking with somebody who said that they didn’t want a yard sign. They didn’t want to talk about who they were voting for but yes they were voting for Trump. I think it’s those anecdotal stories that you hear about reaffirms what you were just saying about people don’t want to tell pollsters and people don’t want to tell their neighbors. People don’t want to tell their coworkers who they’re voting for.

TILGHMAN: The woman that lived next door to two San Bernardino terrorists didn’t dial 911 to report them because she didn’t want to be labeled a racist. So people are more afraid, Americans are more afraid today to stand up for their rights and their beliefs. They would rather cower in the shadows which is ridiculous. So how am I deplorable? How am I a racist? How am I a sexist? I disagree with everything about the democrat party. That doesn’t make me a racist.

GINGRICH: Let’s see, what else? How many would you like? Two or three?

If someone picks up, just start talking.

KELLY FREDERICK: It seems from what I’ve heard, he still remembers where he came from. He remembers working hard and so it is kind of like ironic because he doesn’t need anything.

HEDGES: What do you mean? Where he came from though because he was always, he was born into it.

FREDERICK: How he learned work and he built himself up.

HEDGES: No, he didn’t. He inherited his father’s money, who was one of the biggest developers in New York.

FREDERICK: He inherited it but he still went out and worked. All I can say is we’ve got to keep fighting and if he loses- stand up and get the process going of making sure it was legitimate. Because if he loses he does lose. But is it legitimate? Or is it a rig like it was last time?

HEDGES: What is your suspicion?

FREDERICK: Oh I think it will be rigged. Just like last time.

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