About 200 people rallying in the Free Speech Zone at 5.30 p.m. Happy to see the second shift show up outside the Tsongas. After 45 minutes, frostbite was setting in, so I gladly handed off my piece of the stand-out to the next group. Thousands upon thousands in line from the arena doors all down John Cox Circle and wrapping around the post office. Pretty orderly. Some shouting back at the demonstrators, but nothing nasty. Typical political give-and-take. Twenty reporters and camera people swarmed the first group of demonstrators, interviewing and photographing every person they could pull in. Then the media headed inside. Good signs in the demo crowd: Dump Trump, No H8, Shut Up Donald, Black Lives Matter, and more. Chants of “No hate in our state,” “Be nice,” “Massachusetts’s not for sale,” and the like. Lots of students, some Boston area folks with signs and a flag, Lowell artists with bright posters, UMass faculty and staff, community activists, everybody cold cold cold…..but hot with resistance to DT….