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Students attend Donald Trump rally

first_imgThe night before the pivotal Indiana primary, GOP frontrunner Donald Trump filled the Century Center in downtown South Bend to capacity. “And now the biggie is in Indiana. If we win in Indiana, it’s over,” Trump said in his speech Monday night.Rachel O’Grady | The Observer His prediction came true, as he won 53.3 percent of the Republican vote in Indiana the next day, leading Sen. Ted Cruz to drop out of the race. “We then focus on Hillary, and that’s going to be fun,” Trump said. “But remember, we started with 17 and one by one by one they went off. A governor, a senator, a senator, a governor. They didn’t know what the hell happened.”Wednesday afternoon, Ohio Gov. John Kasich also dropped out of the race, leaving Trump as the presumptive Republican nominee. Senior Steve Trottier was in attendance at Monday’s rally and said everything happened as he expected. “Ultimately, it was what I expected,” Trottier said. “Trump fulfills America’s thirst for the reality TV show style of politician.  He disdains any real substance and embraces the dramatic, often outrageous phrases one would expect behind a hashtag on Twitter.”Trump was 45 minutes late to the rally, which Trottier said built up the anticipation amongst the audience. “Trump was late and the anticipation was definitely mounting for him,” he said. “As I waited I spoke to a few supporters of Trump who said they couldn’t identify with ‘lyin’ Ted’ and wanted a president who would stick up for America.”Trottier said he saw the audience consisted mostly of white, working class individuals. “Unlike what I had seen in the media, I didn’t notice any protesters or agitators — most had been restricted to outside the convention center,” he said.Rachel O’Grady | The Observer Some of Trump’s major points included his endorsements from former Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz and former Notre Dame basketball coach Digger Phelps, according to Trottier. “He did his usual song and dance about winning and mentioned ‘lyin’ Ted’ every chance he got, which was met with overwhelming boos from the audience,” Trottier said. “The only real substance Trump eventually offered came in the form of building a wall and stopping America’s abuse in international trade deals.”Trottier had also been in attendance for both the Bernie Sanders rally and the Ted Cruz rally on the two days prior. “I personally don’t support Trump.  I was able to attend the Cruz, Bernie and Trump rallies this past week,” he said. “I went to the rally to hear Trump unfiltered by the media and experience the rally for myself. The difference between the Cruz and Bernie rallies and Trumps rally was like night and day. Cruz and Bernie both presented substantive policy plans to address issues such as dwindling wages, while Trump’s was devoid of any.” As far as the political climate on campus, Trottier said there seems to be a clear divide. “I can’t speak for all Notre Dame students, but I do think people are very split on the candidate,” he said “I have not experienced any uncomfortable encounters talking or debating about the issues and candidates which is ultimately good. I think people at Notre Dame are willing to listen to each other and walk away disagreeing, but with a better understanding of where each person stands.”Tags: 2016 Election, Donald Trump, Donald Trump rally, Trumplast_img read more

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NY Mets lose again, which could help Dodgers

first_imgPHILADELPHIA — The New York Mets are going home and hoping to stay there for a while.Jerad Eickhoff struck out 10 in seven dominant innings, Darin Ruf hit a two-run homer and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the NL East champion Mets 3-0 Thursday to complete a three-game sweep.The Mets have a half-game lead over the Dodgers for home-field advantage in the division series, which begins next Friday. Los Angeles plays at San Francisco on Thursday afternoon. New York holds the tiebreaker so its magic number to clinch is three.“We talked about the importance of coming here and winning games and then we didn’t win any,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “We can’t worry about today. It’s over. Focus on tomorrow.” “He was outstanding,” Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. “He showed a lot of guts. He’s a great competitor.”Rookie Sean Gilmartin (3-2) made his first career start for the Mets after 49 relief appearances. He allowed two runs and three hits in five innings.“Overall, I felt good,” Gilmartin said. “I just wanted to go out there and give the team a lift. My focus was to get quick innings.”Gilmartin didn’t give up a hit until Jeff Francoeur doubled with two outs in the fourth. Ruf followed with a line drive deep into the empty seats in left field. Ruf has eight homers and 22 RBIs in 93 at-bats against left-handers. Andres Blanco hit a solo homer in the eighth off Dario Alvarez.Eickhoff, one of several prospects the Phillies acquired from Texas in the trade for Cole Hamels, has been impressive. He allowed three runs or less in seven of eight starts and has a 2.65 ERA.Eickhoff pumped his fist and pounded his glove after striking out Juan Lagares on his final pitch to leave two runners on in the seventh.Trainer’s roomMets: LHP Steven Matz, who was scratched from Wednesday’s start because of a back injury, is slated to pitch Saturday or Sunday. … SS Wilmer Flores (back spasms) is “pretty stiff,” according to Collins. He might not be ready Friday. … 3B Juan Uribe (chest) is scheduled for tests on Friday. Phillies: 3B Maikel Franco was activated from the disabled list and should play Friday. Franco has been out with a broken wrist since Aug. 12.Up nextMets: RHP Noah Syndergaard (9-7, 3.34) starts the opener of a three-game series against Washington. Phillies: RHP Aaron Harang (6-15, 4.86) opens a three-game series against Miami. LHP Justin Nicolino (4-4, 4.16) starts for the Marlins. The Mets host the Washington Nationals over the weekend and expect outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to return to the lineup. Cespedes, as expected, didn’t play after bruising two fingers on his left hand when he was hit by a pitch Wednesday night. Collins said Cespedes told him he was available, but he gave him the day off.“Just the way the series went, you knew there was going to be an energy drain,” Collins said. “We rested some guys.”The Phillies lost 14 of 16 to the Mets before sweeping them in a three-game series for the first time since April 26-28, 2013, at Citi Field. Philadelphia needs to win one of its last three games against Miami to avoid losing 100 games for the first time since 1961.An announced crowd of 13,238 was the smallest in the 12-year history of Citizens Bank Park. Only several hundred fans were in the stands for a game that was moved up seven hours because heavy rain is expected later.Eickhoff (3-3) gave up two infield singles, two doubles and no walks while tying his career-best with 10 strikeouts for the second consecutive start. Jerome Williams pitched the eighth and Luis Garcia finished off the six-hitter for his second save in four tries. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more