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Trump holds rally in Akron

by ANDREW bugel | Reporter Published: August 23, 2016 12:11 PM

Akron -- Donald Trump's presidential campaign made a stop in Akron Aug. 22 as he addressed eager Republicans about his plans for "Making America Great Again," should he win the November election.

"It's great to be back in Ohio," said Trump, speaking at the University of Akron's James A. Rhodes Arena. "I see enthusiasm going on that nobody has ever seen before. I am promising a new legacy for America. We're going to create a new American future."

That enthusiasm was present outside the arena as well.

Canton native Leanne Sansonetti was outside the arena holding a Trump sign all afternoon, expressing her support for the Republican nominee.

"I'm really excited about the rally, and it feels good to have Trump near my home," Sansonetti said. "I'm a big supporter of his because he's not afraid to speak his mind. He may say things that offend people, but he doesn't back down. He can only change so much, but I think he'll be good for this country."

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Joel Pelton traveled all the way from Florida to sell Trump merchandise outside the rally. Pelton said he has been to about 40 of Trump's rallies in the last few months.

"My family supports (Trump) and I've been a supporter of his since day one," Pelton said. "I've always been a right-wing man and I agree with what he says."

Not everyone at the event was a supporter, however. Akron resident Sally Petersen expressed her opposition of Trump with a variety of slogans and pins on her shirt, calling out the presidential nominee on a variety of subjects.

"I think he will ruin this country," Petersen said. "I'm trying to speak for a larger audience of people who are afraid to speak for themselves."

Petersen said she received both positive and negative comments from people as she walked the streets of Akron throughout the afternoon.

"I've been called a variety of names and been told to get out of here," Petersen said. "Not everyone has been so aggressive though. People who have disagreed with me have been polite about it and I've also received a lot of positive comments from people who are against Trump."

Contact this reporter at 330-298-1126 or abugel@recordpub.com

Twitter: AndrewB_RC


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