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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

FIFA meet to set date for vote on Sepp Blatter’s replacement

first_imgThe leadership of crisis-hit world football governing body FIFA gathered at their Zurich headquarters on Monday to set a date for the vote to replace outgoing president Sepp Blatter.Blatter and other top officials from around the world began an extraordinary executive committee meeting to set the timetable for a congress to vote on their next leader. Also on the agenda are early plans for reforms in response to corruption scandals which have rocked FIFA.Blatter and his general secretary Jerome Valcke will address the media following the meeting – the first time the president has faced the press since announcing he would stand down.The organisation was left reeling before it’s May congress after a dawn raid at a five-star Zurich hotel where seven officials, including FIFA vice-president Jeffrey Webb, were arrested. On Saturday in New York, Webb pleaded not guilty to a range of charges including racketeering, money-laundering and fraud and was released on a $10 million bail.FIFA is under investigation from the U.S. Department of Justice as well as Swiss authorities, and also faces growing pressure from top sponsors, such as Coca Cola and McDonald’s who have urged major changes.The organisation insists it is taking the need to reform seriously and is co-operating with investigators, but for many critics those claims will be greeted with scepticism until the man who has ruled the body since 1998 is replaced. Blatter was re-elected for a fifth term at the congress but then announced on June 2 that he would lay down his mandate at the ‘extraordinary elective congress’ which will likely be held between December and February. The 79-year-old has repeatedly said that he will not stand again and while he has reneged on that promise before, saying his election in 2011 was his last before changing his mind, it would be a major surprise if he made another u-turn.With FIFA rules stating candidates need to announce their intention to run four months ahead of a vote, the focus will quickly turn to who intends to run for the most powerful job in world soccer.In May’s vote Jordan’s Prince Ali bin Al Hussein was beaten by Blatter but he has yet to indicate if he will run again, while it remains unclear if UEFA’s French president Michel Platini will stand.Pressure groups such as Transparency International will be keen to learn about FIFA’s reform plans on Monday having urged them to allow an independent, third-party, commission to handle the process.– Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more