I Asked Trump Rally-Goers Why They Like Him And Had No Idea Who Was Lying


I have a confession to make: I was losing my mind at the Donald Trump rally in Manchester, New Hampshire on Monday night.

This wasn't because I'm not exactly Trump's biggest fan. It was because I was ultra-paranoid thinking every other person I interviewed was trolling me.

It's become a trend at some rallies for young people who don't actually support that candidate talk to reporters as if they are fans, saying generic or over-the-top things in fake support. Basically, reporters are getting trolled.

This is different from the overt interruptions people are performing on the campaign trail, like the guys dressed up as robots following Marco Rubio around or the protestors who regularly show up at Trump events. This is covert, discreet trolling.

I heard rumors this was happening back at a Ted Cruz rally in Iowa. Apparently, some young women told one reporter they didn't like Cruz and then turned around and started singing Cruz's praises to a different reporter.

Before the Trump rally ended on Monday night, I heard it was happening again, thanks to Versha Sharma on Twitter:

So, when I started asking young people at the rally why they like Trump, I was on guard trying to figure out who was actually a Trump fan.

To be clear, I am genuinely interested in what young people like about Trump and why they find him a viable presidential candidate.

Trump obviously has a lot of support in New Hampshire -- he won the Republican primary vote there -- but, to some extent, I'm not entirely sure who was telling me the truth and who was feeding Trump's lines right back at me.

Here's what I was told:

Kyle, 18, said he came from Massachusetts, where you "can't really see [Trump] like this" because it's a more liberal state.

Steven, 19, and Michael, 18, were from Manchester.

Abbey, 22, said she was from New Hampshire and ready to go vote.

Meme and Andrew were accompanied by a friend who said she wasn't a fan. But Meme and Andrew said they like Trump.

Kenny and Charlotte were with a group of friends, all 14 and 15 years old, from New Hampshire.

Brendan, Eric, Noah and Bryce, all 16, came to the rally together and spoke in a rush.

David Morton, 18, is 100 percent for sure a Trump fan -- he's the state director for MASS Students for Trump, organizing Massachusetts students. He was there with Curtis, 18.

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