Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. President Trump’s Bossier City Rally

 

President Trump scheduled a rally in Monroe, LA, and son #2 (Socrimedes) asked me to take him. Monroe is a two-hour drive, plus waiting in line, and actually a bridge too far. But the rumor was that Trump would be coming near my home, so I begged off.

When it was announced he was coming to Bossier City, I knew I was going. I took off work at 1400 to get Socrimedes after school. Although people had been lining up since the morning and vendors had been outside the venue for days, I was pretty confident we would get in. We parked at a buddy’s business (other parking was full) and walked the mile to the CenturyLink Center. We ended up on our feet for about an hour and a half.

We linked up with another buddy and finally found good seats a little after 1700 hours. Coincidentally, we found another couple and sat with them. It wasn’t a bad wait, just a little over two hours until Trump arrived. We did what crowds do: the wave, the “we got spirit” chant, heck, we even did the thing where we turn on the cell phone flashlight and wave it back and forth like a lighter. Sadly, lighters were not allowed, among other things.

When he gave his remarks, the arena was about 85-95% full.

Panorama of CenturyLink Center

With a full complement of video media…

Video Media

and seriously lacking in print media.

Empty print media

The rally was to promote gubernatorial candidate Eddie Rispone for governor of Louisiana along with other statewide officeseekers participating in the runoff.

President Trump with Louisiana delegates and office seekers

Apart from some choice words regarding impeachment and the complicity of the propaganda wing of the Democratic Party, he stayed remarkably on task. We had a really good time.

So, we came, we saw, we booed the propaganda wing of the Democrat Party (many, many times), we laughed, and we cheered. Mission complete when we got home at 2230.

Here are his full remarks:

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There are 18 comments.

  1. Instugator Thatcher
    Instugator Post author

    Be happy to answer any questions.

    • #1
    • November 16, 2019, at 11:46 AM PST
    • 2 likes
  2. KentForrester Coolidge

    Instugator, interesting report. Can I talk you into following Trump around the various venues in the U.S. so that you can report back to us?

    It sounds like a party.

    What did you think of Trump as an orator?

     

    • #2
    • November 16, 2019, at 11:50 AM PST
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  3. cdor Member

    Well done, Instugator. Trump’s rallies look like a blast for everyone (except the media). I have no idea where the man gets his energy.

    • #3
    • November 16, 2019, at 11:50 AM PST
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  4. Rodin Member

    When waiting to get in and during the proceedings, any information conversation worth sharing?

    • #4
    • November 16, 2019, at 11:55 AM PST
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  5. Gossamer Cat Coolidge

    Thank you for the first hand information. I’m curious as to the make up of the audience. Any evidence that Trump is having success in attracting people that traditionally have not voted Republican?

    • #5
    • November 16, 2019, at 11:58 AM PST
    • 6 likes
  6. Instugator Thatcher
    Instugator Post author

    KentForrester (View Comment):
    What did you think of Trump as an orator?

    He has a very simple and effective delivery style. I was put off by it when he first began to campaign (in 2015), but it works for him and I have come to appreciate it.

    The big tell for me was when he shared the stage with the Louisiana office seekers. He invited them to speak and truthfully, they could not hold a candle to his style. Compared to President Trump, most came off as kind of flat.

    • #6
    • November 16, 2019, at 11:59 AM PST
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  7. Instugator Thatcher
    Instugator Post author

    cdor (View Comment):

    Trump’s rallies look like a blast for everyone (except the media). I have no idea where the man gets his energy.

    Agreed. He just sauntered in. Take a few steps, stop and acknowledge the crowd. Wave a little. Move on slowly. Wash rinse and repeat.

    I have shots of his stroll to the stage.

    • #7
    • November 16, 2019, at 12:02 PM PST
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  8. Instugator Thatcher
    Instugator Post author

    Rodin (View Comment):

    When waiting to get in and during the proceedings, any information conversation worth sharing?

    Unfortunately not really. My buddy is helping me deal with a family matter, regarding my mother’s current stay in the hospital, and we agree on politics. So he was keeping me even while I corresponded with my sister.

    • #8
    • November 16, 2019, at 12:04 PM PST
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  9. Instugator Thatcher
    Instugator Post author

    Gossamer Cat (View Comment):
    Thank you for the first hand information. I’m curious as to the make up of the audience. Any evidence that Trump is having success in attracting people that traditionally have not voted Republican?

    President Trump made a statement about Black unemployment and that prompted me to look around to see if I could see how diverse the crowd was. I was unable to spot very many African-Americans, however the crowd immediately around me had a good smattering of hispanics. A few Asians in my vicinity too.

    At the office on Friday, one co worker was talking about the 5 protesters who showed up (I didn’t see them.) Plus he mentioned speaking to black guy while they were in the food line.

    • #9
    • November 16, 2019, at 12:09 PM PST
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  10. MichaelKennedy Coolidge

    People keep saying they wonder where he gets the energy. He looks to me like he is having the time of his life. Just think what could get done if the Democrats had not gone into a group insanity cult. Second term should be different, especially if the Repubs take back the House. This era is similar to the founding of the Republican party from 1856 to 1860. Probably no war but profound changes.

    • #10
    • November 16, 2019, at 1:25 PM PST
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  11. GrannyDude Member

    Prayers for your Mum, Instugator! 

    Did Socrimedes learn anything new from the experience? How did his classmates respond when he told them about it? 

    • #11
    • November 16, 2019, at 1:53 PM PST
    • 7 likes
  12. Instugator Thatcher
    Instugator Post author

    GrannyDude (View Comment):
    Prayers for your Mum, Instugator

    Thanks @GrannyDude they are appreciated.

    • #12
    • November 16, 2019, at 2:47 PM PST
    • 2 likes
  13. Kay of MT Member

    I try to watch all of his rallies. I have a couple of cousins living in LA.

    • #13
    • November 16, 2019, at 3:14 PM PST
    • 3 likes
  14. Instugator Thatcher
    Instugator Post author

    GrannyDude (View Comment):
    Did Socrimedes learn anything new from the experience? How did his classmates respond when he told them about it? 

    The thing about Socrimedes is that he is very deliberate about the things he does. He knew, for example that we wouldn’t have to show our tickets. He had a buddy whose dad took him to the Monroe rally an they didn’t look at the tickets there. He knew who the candidates that President Trump was going to support were and the positions they were seeking and their big beliefs.

    Things I helped him with was exploring the environment, like that the president had arrived when we saw the security on the floor suddenly increase, or that one of the detail guys was talking/listening whenever he put his hand to his ear.

    We ran into one of his schoolmates while we were leaving (actually a cross country teammate) and they were pretty low key with each other. 

     

    • #14
    • November 16, 2019, at 4:17 PM PST
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  15. Arahant Member

    Good to hear the first-hand report. Hope things are better with your mother soon.

    • #15
    • November 16, 2019, at 4:51 PM PST
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  16. Instugator Thatcher
    Instugator Post author

    Arahant (View Comment):
    Hope things are better with your mother soon.

    Thanks brother.

    • #16
    • November 16, 2019, at 5:51 PM PST
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  17. Richard Easton Member

    Instugator (View Comment):

    Gossamer Cat (View Comment):
    Thank you for the first hand information. I’m curious as to the make up of the audience. Any evidence that Trump is having success in attracting people that traditionally have not voted Republican?

    President Trump made a statement about Black unemployment and that prompted me to look around to see if I could see how diverse the crowd was. I was unable to spot very many African-Americans, however the crowd immediately around me had a good smattering of hispanics. A few Asians in my vicinity too.

    At the office on Friday, one co worker was talking about the 5 protesters who showed up (I didn’t see them.) Plus he mentioned speaking to black guy while they were in the food line.

    The crowd in Dallas was similar to this. 

    • #17
    • November 17, 2019, at 3:56 AM PST
    • 3 likes
  18. Marjorie Reynolds Lincoln

    MichaelKennedy (View Comment):

     This era is similar to the founding of the Republican party from 1856 to 1860. Probably no war but profound changes.

    Instugator (View Comment):

    Rodin (View Comment):

    When waiting to get in and during the proceedings, any information conversation worth sharing?

    Unfortunately not really. My buddy is helping me deal with a family matter, regarding my mother’s current stay in the hospital, and we agree on politics. So he was keeping me even while I corresponded with my sister.

    My father recently had a 3 week stay in hospital. I hope your mother is comfortable and can get home soon Instugator.

    • #18
    • November 17, 2019, at 5:33 AM PST
    • 1 like