Western New York residents travel to Erie, Pa. for Pres. Trump rally

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Several Western New Yorkers made the trip down the I-90 to see the president speak Wednesday night. 

Pres. Donald Trump spoke at Erie Insurance Arena, which can fit about 9,000 people inside. 

Many of them were from the Buffalo area. 

“I watched everyone one of his rallies, every one of them. Top to bottom. So I just – it was on a bucket list. I wanted to come down and seen him,” Dennis Missel, a Basom resident said. 

Missel accompanied this group of students from the Oakfield-Alabama school district in Genesee county.

West Seneca’s James Raymond also made the trip down.

“I’ve always wanted to see President Trump speak live,” Raymond said.  “I’m a big supporter. With the economy in today’s world and how it’s doing I wanted to come and just show my support for President Trump and America. It’s “Make America Great Again”, so I drove from Buffalo.”

As crowds lined up through the afternoon – one Pennsylvania state trooper said people were behaving for the most part.

Despite a crowd of protesters gathering on the sidewalk in front of the arena – there were few tense moments with the trump supporters who were in line.

Rose Symanski lives just across the Chautauqua County border.

“I have grandchildren. What kind of a world are they going to live in if this keeps up?” Symanski asked. “I feel today like this is Russia.”

Some Western New Yorkers used the rally as an opportunity to spend some family time.

Patrick Krey, who has been to several Trump rallies in the past, brought his son to his first one.

“It’s great. It’s just been a historic thing,” Krey, from Clarence, said. “My son said to me “Did you do this as a kid growing up with your dad?” I said “There’s never been anything like this before, certainly not in my lifetime in terms of American politics.” 

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