This story originally appeared on KERA News.
Thousands of folks packed the American Airlines Center Monday night, but they weren’t there for a Mavericks game or a concert. They were there for Donald Trump.
The campaign gave away 20,000 tickets to see the celebrity GOP presidential candidate. There were folks scattered around the nosebleeds, but the arena wasn’t entirely full. Much of the crowd was white, conservative and independently minded — like the Yeagers of Fairview.
The Yeagers say they trust Trump: He’s rich enough to be independent – and he understands what regular folks need.
“It’s getting back to the people,” Dan Yeager said.
“He’ll be in, get it done, and get out,” Eileen Yeager said.
Before the rally, Vaughn Thompson was buying beers at the busy concession stands.
“Two Ziegenbocks, please.”
Thompson came with a friend – and he just wanted to see Donald Trump be Donald Trump.
“This rally’s gonna be much better with alcohol,” Thompson said.
Trump was late coming in – it was rush hour in Dallas — but once the warmup acts got started, and the pledge of allegiance recited, it was clear that this was a crowd ready to be revved.
“The next president of the United States, Donald J. Trump!” the announcer declared.