Five students from Meredith College drove 10 hours to Cleveland this week in the hopes of seeing Donald Trump’s acceptance speech in person.
The N.C. Republican Party provided them with hard-to-get tickets to the Quicken Loans Arena Thursday night. Ivey Burgess, a junior from Harnett County, said she supported Trump in the primary.
“He wasn’t a politician and he said what wasn’t OK to say and that people didn’t want to hear, and he just went ahead and said it,” Burgess said. “I really like that.”
She says the College Republicans group at Meredith is relatively small but growing. “It’s hard to get college students that involved in politics,” she said.
Burgess says being inside the arena is a drastically different experience than watching on TV. “You hear and see a lot more when you’re there than you hear on TV,” she said, pointing to the boos and cursing she heard firsthand during Sen. Ted Cruz’s controversial speech on Wednesday.