Vt. GOP Delegates Gear up for Historic RNC


Some Vermonters are getting a front row seat at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

Local 22’s Staci DaSilva met with some of Vermont’s delegates ahead of Monday evening’s opening night.

Monday’s theme at the convention was “Make America Safe Again”.

Wendy Wilton, a GOP delegate from Rutland, says having hundreds of Syrian refugees is not the answer.

“There hasn’t been a lot of transparency about this program, we don’t really know what it means to Rutland. You got ISIS infiltrators. They could be coming here posing as Syrian refugees and that’s a concern,” said Wilton.

Wilton also sees it as a health risk.  Refugees, she says, could bring tuberculosis.

“This is a disease that we’ve almost eradicated and now we’re possibly looking at it again and having to treat it. It’s very costly to treat,” said Wilton.

Darcie Johnson is a delegate from Colchester and State Director for Donald Trump Campaign.

“We need to make this country safe again.” said Johnson. “19,000 Vermonters voted for him [Trump]. It’s brought a lot of excitement to the process. And a lot of new voters in. He’s talking about the issues that Americans are passionate about right now.” 

“I think he and Mr. Pence are the law and order team. I think Mrs. Clinton has turned a blind eye to any of that,” Wilton said.

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