The Statistica team visited a rally for Donald Trump, a candidate for United States president, at West Chester University in Pennsylvania on April 25, 2016. We applied for a press pass but were unfortunately denied. Despite arriving at 3:15 when the rally was set to begin at 4:00, we were not able to enter the actual event where Trump was speaking as the doors were already closed even though we got tickets in advance. We decided to spend our time outside amongst the large groups of Trump supporters and protesters.
We saw a number of interesting things. The main road outside of the rally was split down the middle, with Trump supporters on one side and protesters on the other. The general atmosphere was fairly tense. Police were everywhere, and every few minutes a “pro-love/anti-Trump” chant would start out on the protesters’ side, which would then be responded to by chants of something along the lines of “Make America Great Again!” and “USA! USA! USA!” by the Trump side.
While walking around the rally, we discovered a bus that we learned was used by Trump during his Iowa campaign. We spoke to one of the people who “run” the bus and learned some of its history, including that it was bought on Craigslist for $14,000 and that it used to be rented out as a party bus. You can read more about it here, here, and here.
Seeing the dynamic between the Trump supporters and protesters was fascinating. While people were certainly yelling at each other passionately, and I heard the occasional expletive or insult thrown in, for the most part both sides were civil. Some police were in riot gear, although I did not see anyone get arrested or the police doing anything other than moving people on each side back to prevent any conflict.
The vivid split down the middle of the rally showed how divided the sides truly are. On one side was clear support of Trump; on the other, a passionate disapproval. The only thing separating these two groups was police, some of whom were in riot gear. It was truly a sight to see.
Here is a video of the general atmosphere of the rally:
And here is a video of a protest:
And here is a gallery of photographs we took:
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