Trump sup­port­ers line up 42 hours early

Lodi News-Sentinel - - STATE/NATION - By Caro­line Glenn

OR­LANDO, Fla. — With tents, sleep­ing bags and cool­ers of wa­ter in tow, Don­ald Trump sup­ports be­gan lin­ing up for Tues­day’s cam­paign rally in Or­lando, nearly two full days be­fore the event.

Out­side the Amway Cen­ter, where Pres­i­dent Trump will of­fi­cially kick off his 2020 re-elec­tion bid at 8 p.m. Tues­day, about two dozen peo­ple and count­ing had staked out a spot along Divi­sion Street as of Mon­day morn­ing.

“This is the big one,” said Jen­nifer Petito, 54, of Mel­bourne. “This is the mother of all ral­lies.”

Pe­ti­tio, who was wear­ing a pink “Women for Trump” hat and a red-and-white striped fanny pack, was sec­ond in line. She said she got there around 2 a.m. — 42 hours be­fore the rally’s start.

The Amway has ca­pac­ity for about 20,000 peo­ple. Trump tweeted last week that there had been 74,000 re­quests for tick­ets. Peo­ple in line said they had been told the first 100 peo­ple would get to sit in the front row.

City of­fi­cials had pre­vi­ously said they ex­pected peo­ple to start lin­ing up Mon­day.

“We came here think­ing if we got here to­day, we’d be late,” said Ellie Salvador, 67, of Mi­ami. “I want to get in­side, not watch him on a TV screen.”

Saun­dra Kiczen­ski, 40, of Sault Ste. Marie, Michi­gan, has been to 28 ral­lies for Trump. She said she’s waited in line through rain and freez­ing tem­per­a­tures to hear the pres­i­dent speak and isn’t wor­ried by the heat and rain ex­pect in Or­lando this week.

“I would sit here in the pour­ing rain,” she said. “It’s just bet­ter to get here su­per early and wait it out.”

Mo­tion­ing to a patch of mulch and leaves, she said, “It looks like this is go­ing to be a re­ally comfy bed.”

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