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Some non-Trump supporters attend Colorado Springs rally

By: MATT STEINER matt.steiner@gazette.com
July 29, 2016 Updated: July 29, 2016 at 7:03 pm
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photo - Protesters make peaceful chants toward supporters for Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump as the supporters wait in line to enter the Gallogly Events Center at University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, for his campaign event on Friday, July 29, 2016 in Colorado Springs, Colo. (Stacie Scott/The Gazette via AP)
Protesters make peaceful chants toward supporters for Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump as the supporters wait in line to enter the Gallogly Events Center at University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, for his campaign event on Friday, July 29, 2016 in Colorado Springs, Colo. (Stacie Scott/The Gazette via AP) 

A young man stood in line Friday to get into Donald Trump's Colorado Springs campaign event on conflicted between laying low and announcing his true political leanings.

Wearing a "Bennet For Colorado" T-shirt, Jack Johnson, 18, quietly answered when asked if he was on the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs campus to support the Republican presidential nominee for president.

Johnson looked around tentatively and quietly answered.

"No."

Johnson said he attended the event "to learn" and experience "a part of history."

"You've got to know what you're voting for and what you're voting against," he said. "You see this on the news, but you don't get to feel it unless you're here."

Johnson's grandfather Ken Schrettner also came to the event as a non-Trump supporter.

"I'm a Libertarian," he said. "I used to be a Republican, but they sort of left me."

Schrettner, 73, said he plans to vote for Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson.

"You've got to vote for the principles, not necessarily the person," Schrettner said. "You have to think long-term and vote for what's good for the country and how we can get back to what made us great: freedom."

While Johnson and Schrettner support candidates from two other parties, it was almost impossible Friday to find anyone not passionately in Trump's corner.

In the parking lot five hours before Trump took the stage, Lori Levi of Michigan was selling Trump buttons, T-Shirts and baseball hats. Levi said she will "go wherever Trump goes" supporting him and selling gear.

Greg Guilfoil, a 62-year-old retiree, was one of the first supporters to get through security after doors opened at 11 a.m.

"What Donald Trump loves is the opportunity to succeed and get ahead," Guilfoil said when asked why he supports Trump.

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Contact Matt Steiner: 636-0131

Twitter: @Matt_A_Steiner

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