posted on Aug, 31 2016 @ 07:06 AM
So I have never been to a political rally before, so this was an enlightening experience all the way around. Me and my wife went together mostly to
people watch and to experience history. We aren't anti-Trump OR anti-Clinton. We were kind of favoring Bernie, but I guess we are still in limbo.
Anyways, this occurred at the Everett, Washington rally and here's the facts as seen:
Night before the event, the news was saying that it would be crowded there cause the 9,000 seat stadium will have to deal with the 13,000 tickets
given out. I went online an hour later and got our tickets (event was free).
We chose to go spur of the moment and lef tmy wife's work at 4pm. The radio stated Trump landed and was motorcading there basically right as we were
driving over the access highway we had to go on. I'd say us and Trump got there at the same time - roughly 4:30pm.
The event was planned to start at 7pm and people let in at 4pm. As we pulled up, there was a gigantic line around the three block Court House zone
that is next to the stadium. Parking is a mess here but we easily find it in the Court House underground lot. Once on the street we discover we have
to walk clear on the other side of the Court House. While doing so, we find out that the line is not single file, but like most event lines and is a
few people wide...but that it in fact snakes around the entire three blocks and then doubles back on itself...so basically 6 blocks of line. But
that's not all! After you round the Court House, you go back up a road one block, down a small hill two blocks, then turn right and go down one block
to the single entrance. Yes, that's how long the line was and the actual crowd.
I'll be honest here, we pulled a slicky boy and managed to skip the entire 3 block doubled around fiasco. A guy collapsed and the crowd all rushed to
help, EMTs and police after that. As the crowd fanned out the let the pros help, we managed to wander into the line almost as the 3 block circling
ended. I really didn't want to risk not getting in, so sue me! Oh and the guy was ok and me and my wife were actually ready to do CPR as we are
Protestors....ok, so until the last right turn and one block walk to the door, there were only a handful of protestors. Most roads were blocked but
the ones that weren't had occasional cars go by and all were anti-Trump. While the entirety of the line was very well mannered and nice, every single
car and protestor until that last block were very mean...flipping us all off, shouting things, sometimes an occasional thing thrown. The only thing I
saw the line do was chant "Build that wall" as a group of protestors walked by chanting a Black Lives Matter type message.
Once we hit the last one block straight-away walk the way it was set up was the right hand sidewalk was for the line and the road was for protestors.
There were problably 1,000 protestors. Most of the ones we encountered first were pretty billergerant and one group were on the edge of fighting this
one solo college age guy wearing a Trump flag as a cape and holding a US Flag. I was worried cause the cops were half a block away and there were a
dozen agressive protestors confronting him. Nothing happened but I felt it was super close. As we hit the main intersection were the stadium door is,
the protestors were massed there behind a metal barrier. There were lots of signs, but not alot of noise. Just a few people on megaphones and generic
crowd noise. They mostly appeared to be spectators, but really for the Seattle area and being so passive I'm not surprised.
Getting in was a small mess. The tickets said no dress code, just bring no pro cameras, GoPros, selfie sticks and tripods. However, right at the door,
they said no water bottles. My wife was pissed and had to leave her new Contigo bottle on a wall outside with the hundreds of other bottles. Then we
rapidly cleared a metal detector, ran to the bathroom and then down to the floor or pit, however you call it.
As we walked down the stairs, I'd estimate that there were a couple, maybe as much as 4,000 already in the stadium and most seats taken. The floor
only had a few hundred down there and we wanted to get close. With zero effort we found ourselves 7 or so people deep and about 30 feet from his
podium. As the warm up acts or speakers were going, we were slowly drifting closer and finally ended 20 feet if that from the actual podium and only 4
people deep. As far as numbers, the speakers and Trump himself said they set an attendance record for the building. I wouldn't be surprised
really....by the end, the floor was completely packed and every seat, except the very top three rows directly behind the stage in the rafters, were
taken. In fact, most isles had people standing in them as well.
Before the speakers started, the commentator said that if anyone protests, do no touch them and to instead point and chant "Trump, Trump, Trump" and
the security and police will handle it. I was shocked that there were only 7 or 8 protests and each one was a solitary person. The chanting thing
really did work, even though I was very skeptical. Actually, I thought it was very smart because it made it feel like it wasn't a distraction. I
never even heard the protestors and they only had tiny signs, nothing big or even moderate happened. Every time there was a chant though, Trump would
stop talking, back off the podium, do his thumbs up thing and then within 30 seconds, the protestors were gone and Trump was talking again.
The crowd inside was very energetic, loud, but nice and respectful. My wife is tiny - 4'11" and 118 (don't be fooled, she's an Olympic
weightlifter) and the crowd in the pit were all very nice, making sure she could see, asking her and anytime anyone got slightly bumped, people said
sorry. I really expected it to be like people from where I'm from in Hillbilly Land and the crowd to be full of crazed rednecks and all that, but it
As for the speeches and stuff, very well done, normal rhetoric, telepromter for Trump though, so I guess that's a change. Rudy talked for 15 mins,
the RNC chairman 15 mins and Trump an hour. Oh, and I'm 98% sure Stacey Dash of Clueless was there in the VIP section.
We dashed out of the pit as soon as Trump started walking slowly on his raised pathfrom the stage and made it out of the builiding in minutes and
within 10 mins of leaving the pit, we were out of the garage and on the main road. All said, we were hitting our exit to our house by 8:45pm.
So there's my report from a rally. Sorry if I rampbled on and on, but I have heard from the beginning all the stories about Trump events and I wanted
to see for myself and give a true viewpoint. I wouldn't be surprised to see commenters on here that were there. There was a a guy in line with an
InfoWars t-shirt on afterall.
Please keep the political debating to a minimum or not at all in this thread. That's not what this is for. I worte this to discuss the realities of a