Thursday, 7 January 2016

Tale of Two Stacked Townhalls. UPDATE

Compare and contrast:  When there's not enough seating, stack the room with supporters.
Obama is doing a town hall tonight with CNN.  Admission by invitation only.
Trump is doing a Vermont town hall tonight but only lets supporters in.

Re Obama:  "Staged propaganda session" with enough seating for a soiree.
Re Trump: Seating in Vermont for 1400 but over 10,000 tickets given out in Bernie Sanders home town. Pick your headline:  "Donald Trump Bars Undecided Voters At Vermont Rally" or  "Donald Trump says he's "taking care of my people".

UPDATE:   Obama said nothing but cleverly.  Trump supplied red meat that addresses a problem and doesn't create more government:

From Obama's townhall, Thomas' Sowell's review:
 It was beautifully choreographed, like a great ballet, and performed with consummate skill and understated eloquence.    As for the substance of what Obama said, there was very little substance, and much of it false.

“I will get rid of gun-free zones in schools — you have to — and on military bases on my first day. It gets signed. My first day – there’s no more gun free zones,” Trump told supporters as they cheered wildly.   Trump pointed out that gun-free zones were dangerous because they attracted people considering a mass shooting.

PS. A commenter at HotAir explains the 20,000 tickets:  "When the rally was announced, protesters said they would round up all the tickets in advance and then not show up…..their goal was to make
trump look bad speaking to an empty venue. Trump responded by making 20,000 tickets available"

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