Sup­port­ers in cel­e­bra­tory mood out­side arena

The scene around the arena was part rock fes­ti­val, part tail­gate party; pro­test­ers gath­ered in Clark Park.

The Daily Herald - - FRONT PAGE - By Noah Haglund and An­drea Brown Her­ald Writ­ers

EVERETT — The first sup­port­ers gath­ered well be­fore dawn out­side Xfin­ity Arena.

By late af­ter­noon, thou­sands awaited Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Don­ald Trump’s ar­rival. The line to get in snaked for more than 10 city blocks be­tween He­witt and Pa­cific av­enues.

Cheers went up as the cops drove by. Talk in the crowd buzzed of Supreme Court ap­point­ments, il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion and out­sourced jobs.

“Our way of life is at stake,” said Shelly Fine, a med­i­cal stu­dent from Everett near the front of the line.

“For me, this is Amer­i­can his­tory,” said Chris Wright, a 45-year-old Boe­ing worker from Gold Bar. “This is go­ing to be a piece of Amer­i­can his­tory when this is all said and done.”

The side­walk scene was part rock fes­ti­val and part Cen­tu­ryLink Field tail­gate party, with some re­li­gious re­vival mixed in.

Kim Walker, 30, of Red­mond, wore a pink “Hot Chicks For Trump” but­ton and a blingy Trump shirt.

“He rubs some peo­ple the wrong way,” she said. “It’s OK for some peo­ple to get of­fended. I think ev­ery­body is way too soft th­ese days. They need to toughen up a lit­tle bit. He said things about women. I’ve said things about other women. That doesn’t mean that I hate all other women. But some of them I don’t like.”

He rubs some peo­ple the wrong way. ... I think ev­ery­body is way too soft th­ese days. — Kim Walker, Trump sup­porter

Ven­dors were do­ing a brisk busi­ness sell­ing Trump but­tons for $5. Two women stood by, de­bat­ing which ones would be worth a lot of money some­day. They both agreed it wasn’t the one that said Hot Chicks for Trump.

Demo­cratic nom­i­nee Hil­lary Clin­ton was a flash point.

“Hil­lary for Prison 2016” shirts were pop­u­lar among Trump sup­port­ers.

Rose Walker, 58, came from Red­mond at 7:30 a.m. with her daugh­ter and an “I’m with Stupid. Shril­lary For Prison” poster and a pink “Women for Trump” sign.

“He tells it like it is. He doesn’t sug­ar­coat any­thing,” she said of Trump.

A woman drove by a man sell­ing Trump sou­venirs and asked, “Do yo have any­thing for Hil­lary?”

The ven­dor laughed: “No, ma’am. We’ll have some­thing for Hil­lary if she shows up.”

Michael MacNeill, 55, of Everett, stood about a block and a half into the line in an Un­cle Sam hat and Amer­i­can flag­pat­terned shirt. The air­plane in­spec­tor said he par­tic­u­larly liked Trump’s stance on trade.

“As a Boe­ing worker, we need to keep our jobs here. That’s huge,” he said. “We need to keep jobs here in the U.S. and es­pe­cially here in Wash­ing­ton state.”

Deb­bie Haynes, a Tuk­wila grand­mother 12 times over, said, “I’m 56. Reg­is­tered to vote for the first time to­day.”

Haynes said Amer­i­cans are split about the 2016 elec­tion. Feel­ings run high on all sides.

“This elec­tion cost me a 30-year friend­ship,” she said. “That’s how se­ri­ous this elec­tion is. I have a 30-year friend who was a Bernie sup­porter. I’m a Trump sup­porter. We got into it so much that it ended our friend­ship.”

Bran­don Knox, 18, of Auburn, showed up at 2 a.m. and was first in line.

“I like Trump be­cause he’s pro-gun and he wants to en­force im­mi­gra­tion,” he said.

It was his sec­ond Trump rally. The only sup­plies he brought were wa­ter and beef jerky.

Rus­sil Alden, a 58-yearold from Sur­rey, B.C., said Trump ap­peals to con­ser­va­tive-minded Cana­di­ans like him­self. Se­cur­ing the bor­ders against il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion and staunch­ing the out­flow of jobs to Asia are Trump views that res­onate with them.

“As Amer­ica goes, so does the West­ern World,” Alden said.

Though he can’t vote in the U.S. elec­tion, the Cana­dian said he’s put a Trump bumper sticker on his Toy­ota — only to have a man on a mo­tor­cy­cle yell ob­scen­i­ties and make lewd ges­tures at him in traf­fic.

Not ev­ery­body was there to sup­port real-es­tate-mogul­turned-politi­cian.

When a pair walked by hold­ing up a sign that read, “No white supremacy in the white house,” sup­port­ers an­swered by chant­ing, “U-S-A. U-S-A.”

A few hun­dred anti-Trump demon­stra­tors gath­ered in Clark Park af­ter 4 p.m. Among the elected of­fi­cials and ac­tivists speak­ing there were Everett Mayor Ray Stephan­son, state Sen. John Mc­Coy, D-Tu­lalip, and state Rep. Mike Sells, D-Everett.

“This crowd here re­flects the broad di­ver­sity of our com­mu­nity,” said U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, a Demo­crat from Everett. “Clin­ton clearly rep­re­sents that broad di­ver­sity and Trump does not.”

The Rev. Su­san Cyr, an in­ter­faith min­is­ter from Brier, said “Trump en­cour­ages peo­ple to hate one another, peo­ple within our coun­try and in­ter­na­tion­ally.”

While oth­ers at the park held signs read­ing “No hate in our state,” Cyr’s hus­band, Craig Cyr, hoped the bil­lion­aire nom­i­nee would stick around.

“Per­son­ally, I hope he spends a lot of time in Wash­ing­ton state, stay­ing away from the rest of the coun­try. We’ll in­oc­u­late the coun­try.”

Anti-Trump demon­stra­tors later marched sev­eral blocks down Lom­bard Av­enue, chant­ing, “Love trumps hate.” When they ar­rived at the arena, they faced off with the crowds wait­ing to get in­side. They held signs declar­ing “No hate in the White House” and oth­ers sup­port­ing Clin­ton.

A pha­lanx of po­lice stood be­tween the two groups.

I have meet­ings all day long. They were planned long be­fore the event was sched­uled. — Bar­bara Bailey, Oak Har­bor, state se­na­tor It is much more use­ful for can­di­dates run­ning for the state Leg­is­la­ture to talk with the peo­ple about is­sues they care about. — Chad Min­nick, cam­paign man­ager for Rep. Mark Harmsworth and Jan­ice Hux­ford, who is run­ning for state rep­re­sen­ta­tive I made the de­ci­sion close to two years ago that since I am Sec­re­tary of State I shouldn’t be en­dors­ing any pres­i­den­tial can­di­date. Thus I thought it would be in­ap­pro­pri­ate to show up. — Kim Wy­man, sec­re­tary of state

PHO­TOS BY IAN TERRY / THE HER­ALD

Clay Owen, of Birch Bay, walks down He­witt Av­enue with his flag be­fore the rally for Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Don­ald Trump on Tues­day.

Sarah An­der­son, a Hil­lary Clin­ton sup­porter from Kirk­land, passes out signs be­fore a march from Clark Park to Xfin­ity Arena to protest the rally for Trump on Tues­day.

Pro­test­ers Ser­gio Landin (cen­ter), of Everett, and Babaja Bahu (right), of Lyn­nwood, yell at Don­ald Trump sup­port­ers be­fore the rally.

Michael MacNeill, of Everett, waits in line be­fore the rally.

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