The Transylvania Times -

By Matt McGregor
Sports Writer 

Trump Returns To WNC – Brevard NC


October 24, 2016

Donald Trump talks to his supporters Friday at the WNC Agricultural Center in Fletcher. (Times photo by Matt McGregor)

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump returned to Western North Carolina Friday at the Agricultural Center, laying out his plan of action if he becomes president.

Amid cheering, Trump said he would increase jobs, rebuild the military, repeal the Affordable Care Act, cut taxes and regulations on businesses, stop illegal immigration and any inflow of refugees.

"(Hillary Clinton's) plan includes an open border with the Middle East, meaning generations of radicalism and terrorism spreading and growing within our shores," Trump said. "So, let me state this as clearly as I can: if I am elected I am going to keep radical Islamic terrorists the hell out of our country."

Trump compared allowing Syrian refugees into the country to a Trojan Horse and reiterated his plan to build a wall along the Mexican border, which he said he would make Mexico fund.

"Mexico has done very well on our back," Trump said.

U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows, who represents District 11, which includes Transylvania County, introduced Trump and addressed the difference between Trump and Clinton's plan for border regulation.

"We can elect someone who says that they are for open borders, or we can make sure that we have a country who has secure borders and security that is important to us all," Meadows said.

Richard Banfield, 79, said this was the first rally he's ever attended, and that he was excited and is a strong supporter of Trump.

"I want him to build a wall, and I want him to stop immigration and the Muslims," Banfield said.

Trump later said he would end government corruption.

"It's time to drain the swamp in Washington," Trump said.

Chrissy Kamisol, 52, said she did not want to see another Clinton in the White House.

"I don't like what they stand for," Kamisol said. "They are very crooked and evil. They scare me."

Lauretta Beale drove 12 hours from Painted Post, N.Y., to attend the rally. She once lived in Asheville, and she said she decided to visit to support Trump.

"I guess my bottom line is, I value my freedom," Beale said.

Trump said that to bring back jobs he would lower the corporate tax from 35 percent to 15 percent, and initiate the "American Desk," a consolidation plan to reduce, what he called, bureaucratic mismanagements in the federal department of agriculture, commerce, labor, state and treasury.

"The mission of the 'American Desk' will be to protect the economic interest of the American worker and the national interest of the United States," Trump said. "We are losing our manufacturing all over the country. North Carolina has been hit hard."

Trina Elliot, a 44-year-old teacher from Rutherford County and a volunteer at the rally, said she comes from a factory of mill workers and she said she believes Trump can win the jobs back.

"I'm also interested in helping other African Americans and women to speak up," Elliot said. "You don't have to be afraid to speak up for what you stand for."

Ryan Davis, 29, said he wants to see the change he said he didn't get from President Obama, and since his family is all in the military, he said he believes Trump is the right president to represent them.

"Trump is a big supporter of getting military guys the top-of-the-line health care," Davis said. "My brother was in Iraq and he is struggling. Stuff isn't getting done. Hillary doesn't care about the military."

Kara Matthews, 27, carried a sign that read, "This lesbian voted for Trump."

She said she has psychic abilities and that every time she comes to a Trump rally she said he speaks with such passion and charisma that she can feel positive energy in the room.

"When I leave a Trump rally the energy here leaves me feeling good for an entire week," Matthews said. "He speaks with such compassion, you can tell he means what he says.

"His speeches nearly bring me to tears because he's trying to save this country from a corrupt government."

As a member of the LGBT community, she said she feels safer with Trump as president.

"I've always mistrusted the government," Matthews said. "I see him fighting that corruption. Hillary is not for the LGBT community. She is just saying that to get votes."

Matthews said she had never been a registered voter until she heard Trump speak.

Donald Trump supporters came from all over to attend the rally. (Times photos by Matt McGregor)

"Personally, I believe polls are a childish popularity contest," Matthew said. "But if he loses, it's going to be obvious that it's rigged, and I will never vote again."

Michael Lyons, 34, said, if anything, Trump is consistent.

"Trump sees our borders as porous and debilitating," Lyons said. "He's been speaking on this for 36 years, and he's right."

Lyons said the problems in American government come down to a local level, where he said the middle class is disappearing.

"Trump wants to expand the middle class, and so do I, and that's very important to me," Lyons said.

He said the problem is most people don't even know who their political party precinct chair is.

"If we involved ourselves in local organizations, we could begin to love one another and not hate each other because of labels," Lyons said. "It's not about demographics; it's about the republic."


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