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From Garland To The Grand Stage, Trump's Spokesperson Stands By Her Candidate

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Donald Trump’s chief spokeswoman has deep roots here in North Texas. Her name is Katrina Pierson, and she grew up in Garland. A stint on Ted Cruz’s 2012 campaign and a failed run for Congress two years later raised her profile nationally.

   

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…Donald Trump “doing it by himself”: “He has stated several times he would like to have everyone’s support but understands that that may not be the case. When we look at where Mr. Trump started a year ago today, they were all against him, the entire establishment, the entire party for that matter, and he went it alone and he had the people and he won.”

…whether Trump’s stance on Muslim immigration has a chance in court: “We do have a serious problem here considering that the intelligence agencies already said we don’t have a way to track these individuals, we don’t have a way to vet these individuals, and in many cases some who have already been brought here have disappeared into society. Once we have the national debate on the strengths and weaknesses and the dangers involved, I do think that more and more people will understand.”

…the potential for violence at a Donald Trump rally: “Mr. Trump has denounced many times the violence at the rallies, but this really isn’t a Trump supporter issue. Trump supporters aren’t flying Mexican flags and throwing rocks at police and sneaking up on people and busting them in their faces and heads and making them bleed and sending people to the hospital. This is the United States of America still, we still have the right to support a political candidate without fear of being attacked by others.”

Courtney Collins has been working as a broadcast journalist since graduating from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in 2004. Before coming to KERA in 2011, Courtney worked as a reporter for NPR member station WAMU in Washington D.C. While there she covered daily news and reported for the station’s weekly news magazine, Metro Connection.