LORAIN — Anthony Saxon proudly waved a flag supporting Republican nominee Donald Trump while standing on North Ridge Road, ushering in Eric Trump for a campaign stop in Lorain.
Saxon, an 18-year-old from Elyria, wasn’t the only first-time voter who had been galvanized by the Trump campaign.
“I’m 65, and this is my first year voting,” said Rheta Piazza, of Elyria. “Our country is in a world of hurt. The things that Hillary has done … I hope people open their eyes.”
Eric Trump, Donald Trump’s third child, stood on a grassy knoll behind the Lorain County Trump-Pence Victory Center to encourage early voting in the county, which started last week at the Lorain County Board of Elections headquarters at 1985 North Ridge Road, E., in Sheffield Township.
Polls open at 6:30 a.m. Nov. 8, Election Day.
During a short speech, Eric Trump covered issues of political correctness, national debt, education, jobs, health care and Benghazi.
“I promise you, my father is an amazing man and an amazing American, and he will end the nonsense, end the corruption, take care of our national deficit, take care of our military and law enforcement, do something about Obamacare because it is disastrous and get jobs back in this country,” Eric Trump said. “We’re going to make America great again, and we’re going to win come Nov. 8. We’re absolutely going to win.”
Following the speech, Eric Trump talked with people as he signed shirts and lawn signs.
“I love it. I’m very inspired by Eric Trump,” said Marie Stover, of New London. “He’s our last resort of keeping the values of America that we love dearly.”
Peg Young, of Sheffield Lake, said she’ll “definitely be voting for Trump.”
“I just think he’s wonderful, and I think the whole family is wonderful,” Young said. “I just want to stop Hillary so bad.”
Patty Ritter, of Lorain, said Trump has “all the right answers.”
David Arredondo, executive vice chairman of the Lorain County Republican Party Executive Committee, said hundreds of supporters turned out.
He said he is boosted by the support and signs for the Trump-Pence campaign around the county. He even joked that his own van, with Trump bumper stickers, has become a “chick magnet.”
“It was wonderful,” said Kathleen Baron, of Elyria. “The Trumps are authentic and real.”
In response to the Republican event, Elyria Councilwoman Brenda Davis reinforced her support for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
“As a woman, as a leader in my community, I’m disgusted by the recently surfaced audio of Donald Trump discussing sexual assault. What’s more insulting is that he and his family members continue to dismiss those comments as ‘locker-room talk,’ ” Davis said. “Ohioans know that Hillary Clinton is the most-qualified person ever to run for president, and come Election Day, they will unite behind her and reject Trump’s message of hate and divisiveness.”
State Rep. Dan Ramos, D-Lorain, said Donald Trump will not be good for America.
“Eric Trump is here campaigning for his father, as my family has campaigned for me. But while my family was also interested in helping the people of Ohio, Eric is campaigning for Donald and promoting a tax plan that will disproportionately benefit his own family and business,” Ramos said. “The Trumps are only interested in the Trumps.”