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At Fairfield Speech, Trump Supporters Embrace Campaign Message

John and Millie Pitzschler of Putnam show off their Trump-Pence sign after the rally at Sacred Heart University. Photo Credit: Sandra Diamond Fox
The crowd rushes out after the Trump rally at Sacred Heart University after a fierce thunderstorm began. Photo Credit: Sandra Diamond Fox

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Supporters of Donald Trump liked what they heard from the Republican presidential candidate in a campaign speech Saturday at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield.

A huge crowd filled the gym at the William H. Pitt Center on campus on the steamy summer evening.

Barbara Sommers of Milford said she agreed with many of Trump's points during the hourlong speech. "He pointed out all the problems with the infrastructure of our country," she said. What struck her the most about Trump's talk was that he addressed the number of people who are coming into the United States from foreign countries.

"The borders need to be closed because we are losing our jobs here," Sommers said.

Millie Pitzschler, of Putnam, N.Y., is a Trump convert. "I used to be a longtime independent, but now I am a turned Republican because of Mr. Trump," she said. "Even though he is a wealthy man, he speaks to the average person."

Fairfield resident Sam Sood said that what struck him about Trump's speech was his message about policemen.

"He said cops should get the respect they deserve. I agree with him," Sood said. "I don't want to see people in the streets [expletive] on cops. My girlfriend's father is a retired cop, from Floral Park, N.Y."

John Delgado of Stratford said he came to hear Trump for himself and to see whether the press takes what the presidential candidate said out of context.

"I recorded Trump's speech. I want to know if the press repeats it honestly," Delgado said. "If they don't, that's when the problems start."

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