A convention that aimed for harmony had some disharmony. The candidate picked arguments with a Gold Star family and with Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. Polls have shown Trump falling behind.
At a recent rally in Altoona, Pa., Trump told the crowd that the only way he could lose Pennsylvania — a state where he is polling well behind Democratic rival Hillary Clinton — would be in the event of a fix.
“The only way they can beat it, in my opinion, and I mean this 100 percent, if in certain sections of the state, they cheat,” Trump said. As NPR has reported, Trump’s suggestion could be difficult to prove come Election Day but does touch on voters’ distrust of government and growing polarization.
NPR’s Robert Siegel went to central Pennsylvania — a Trump stronghold — to ask some members of his strongest demographic group, white men, whether they agree with that notion.
Among those supporters are three generations of a farm family, Jim Walizer, 82, Dennis Walizer, 57, and Jason Walizer, 22. Siegel also spoke with Mike Grimm, president and CEO of the American Eagle Paper Mills; and Chris Baker, a rising senior at Penn State University, who is the leader of the campus group We Are For Trump.
Baker credits Trump for getting so many people to pay attention to the presidential election.
“Everyone is looking at the election now; everyone is looking at politics now,” he said. “If this was Jeb Bush vs. Hillary Clinton, most people would be turning their eyes away.”
On why Trump is their candidate
Jason Walizer: We were in this kind of overflow room, packed probably full of a thousand people and 2,000 upstairs in the big, main room. [Trump] …