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Trump, Kaine, Pence make visits
Monday, 07 November 2016 16:44

‘Your companies won’t be leaving NC,’ Trump vows

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FLETCHER — For the second time in two weeks, the Trump campaign held a major campaign event — this rally featured GOP presidential candidate Donald J. Trump — in this small rural North Carolina town.

Trump on Oct. 21 told about 3,100 supporters that his economic plan is “jobs, jobs, job. They’ve been taken away from us. At the center of my jobs plan will be fixing our terrible trade deals.”

Since the North American Free Trade Agreement was implemented during Bill Clinton’s presidency, Trump said it has been a “one-way highway into Mexico for our jobs, our cash. We get the drugs — they get the jobs and the cash.”

Trump said he was place a 3.5 percent tariff on goods made overseas by companies that have shipped jobs outside the country.

“There will be consequences,” he said. “We’re not going to have companies go to Mexico or some other country. Guess what’s going to happen? They’re not going to leave anymore because, all of a sudden, it won’t work. If they do, we’re going to make a lot of money when they ship them across the border.”

While Trump’s Sept. 12 rally at the U.S. Cellular Center in downtown Asheville, where several clashes broke out between protesters and Trump supporters, the Fletcher rally was peaceful and drew only five protesters who stayed within a chained-off area designated for them.

Where’s Hillary? A WNC no-show
Sunday, 06 November 2016 12:58

From Staff Reports

Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee, is the only major candidate in the general election on Nov. 8 who has not campaigned in the Asheville-Western North Carolina area this fall.

However, Chelsea Clinton did speak on her mother’s behalf during two campaign stop in downtown Asheville — one on Sept. 28 during a Clean Energy Roundtable and the other Nov. 5 at Twin Leaf Brewery where she urged supporters of her mother to vote.

Kaine compares Clinton, Trump during UNCA rally
Sunday, 06 November 2016 12:58

From Staff Reports

Unlike her Republican presidential rival Donald J. Trump, Democrat Hillary Clinton will work on critically important issues, ranging from education to climate change, Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine told a crowd of about 500 people during an outdoor rally on UNC Asheville’s A.C. Reynolds Green on Oct. 19.

Kaine, a Virginia senator who was making his second Asheville campaign stop, described the sharp differences on the issues between his running mate and Trump. (He also campaigned in Asheville in August.)

Kaine began by urging the crowd at UNCA to vote early starting that very day, and noted just how important North Carolina is to the presidential election. Indeed, he called North Carolina a "checkmate" state, adding that without the swing state, Trump would not be able to clinch the election.

"If we win North Carolina, there is zero path for Donald Trump to be president of the United States," Kaine said.

He also urged those present to vote for Democrats up and down the ticket, including for governor and the U.S. Senate.

He also told the crowd not to take a Clinton victory for granted — or let Trump get close enough to victory that he can blame a defeat on anyone else.

Pence stays loyal to Trump
Sunday, 06 November 2016 12:51

From Staff Reports

FLETCHER —After the release of a video containing lewd comments about women made by GOP presidential candidate Donald J. Trump, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, Trump’s vice presidential candidate, expressed his forgiveness of — and loyalty  to — Trump during a rally of about 400 people on Oct. 10 at the WNC Agricultural Center’s Virginia Boone Building.

The crowd — jammed together standing in a cordoned off area — was loud, excited and rowdy, as the Rolling Stones’ 1969 recording, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” (a Ttump favorite), played periodically. 

Feminism, Islam top threats, alt-right provocateur claims
Sunday, 06 November 2016 12:29
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CULLOWHEE — Security was tight as Breitbart News Senior Editor Milo Yiannopoulos, a self-proclaimed cultural libertarian, free speech fundamentalist and one of the top online leaders and provocateurs of the alt-right movement, spoke to a room packed with more than 175 students and others Oct. 12 at Western Carolina University’s A.K. Hinds University Union.

In a rapid-fire 45-minute address titled “Feminism and Islam: The Unholy Alliance,” Yiannopoulos, who is British, presented his case for how Islam and feminism have come together to form a strange, unholy alliance in the current year. 

He called Islam a “kill-joy religion,” adding that feminism and Islam constitute the two biggest threats to America today — and share a number of similarities, including in what he termed their quests to stifle free speech.

His comments and analysis — and his nonstop mocking of political correctness —  triggered frequent cheers and applause from the overwhelmingly supportive, college-age audience. 

Following his address, Yiannopoulos spent about 30 minutes fielding questions from the audience members, including only a few who challenged him and his views. After the speech and Q&A, Yiannopoulos stayed to pose for selfie photos with a long line of admirers.

Yiannopoulos also spoke strongly against the Black Lives Matters movement in particular, and liberals in general.

What’s more, Yiannopoulos, who is gay and a practicing Roman Catholic, confirmed that he is an ardent supporter of Republican nominee Donald J. Trump’s candidacy for the presidency of the United States.

The prominent police presence and high-level security included around 12 officers, a bomb-sniffing dog and a wand to detect weapons on those seeking entry to Yiannopoulos’ talk. A police officer at the event said the heavy presence of security was for “potential threat of protests” by students against Yiannopoulos coming to campus, according to The Western Carolina Journalist, an online newspaper run byWCU’s Communication Department.


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