Here are some of the folks who waited in long lines to hear Donald Trump speak at Wings over the Rockies Friday evening.
Troy Barfels of Littleton works in construction, and he’s ready for a change.
“The government needs someone to stir things up,” he said, and Trump seems like he’ll do it.
Barfels likes “some” of Trump’s immigration plans, and he thinks he’ll protect the Second Amendment.
“I like guns. I like my freedoms.”
Barfels doesn’t put a lot of stock in the warnings of Democrats and moderate Republicans, that Trump doesn’t have the temperament to be president, that he might endanger our democracy.
“You hear that about everyone,” he said. “That’s what I hate about politics. You have to think through all the bad things to get to the good.”
Racheal Dowd is a housewife from Arvada. She brought her daughters Lily, 17, and Emily, 20, with her to the Trump event.
“I like that he says what he feels,” she said. “He’s not hiding things.”
Her husband is an over-the-road trucker, and he has to work hard just for the family to get by, Dowd said. She likes Trump’s positions on “trade and the economy.”
Clinton has made Trump’s derogatory comments about women a centerpiece of her argument against him, but Dowd said she’s not offended.
“I know he’s not talking about all women,” she said. “It’s just certain people he’s had a problem with.”
Guillermo Acero, 17, dragged his friend Dustin Mullaney, 16, a Bernie Sanders supporter, to see Trump.
The Aurora teens cannot vote, but they are in agreement about their dislike for Hillary Clinton. If Mullaney could vote, he’d probably go Green, he said.
Acero said Trump isn’t perfect, but he likes his tax plan and the idea of building a wall on the border to prevent new people from coming in and people who have already been deported from coming back. He likes that Trump talks about trade and plans to be tougher on China.
Acero doesn’t think it makes sense to deport people who are here illegally but not committing crimes or using public services. And he doesn’t think Trump will be able to follow through on that promise. Congress won’t go for it, and it would cost a ton of money, he said.
Acero said Trump’s comments about illegal immigrants, that they bring crime and drugs, that they’re rapists, have been misinterpreted and taken out of context.
“He was talking about a subgroup of a subgroup of a subgroup,” he said. “It was broader than you would have liked, but he’s not talking about immigrants. He’s not talking about Mexicans.”
Cindy Parker, 57, of Aurora is a “stay-at-home queen of my house.” And a grandmother.
“I like a lot of things about Trump, his old school ways of thinking, the way we were raised,” she said.
She’s “terrified of the nanny state” that she thinks Clinton would impose. At the same time, she thinks Clinton is making false promises because there aren’t enough billionaires to tax to pay for her programs.
“She doesn’t make any sense,” she said. “She has no plans.”
The only jobs Clinton will create, Parker said, is a maid “to clean the sheets that Bill soils with an intern. And you can quote me on that.”
When she says “old school ways of thinking” she means “the ideology that if you want it, you earn it. Anything worth having is worth working for. When you have everything given to you, you lose that pride of working for it.”
Parker has nothing but contempt for Clinton and points to all the women supporting Trump, including many in the hall Friday.
“If he doesn’t respect women, his first and second wife wouldn’t be so supportive,” she said. “His daughters wouldn’t be so supportive.”