CONCORD, N.C. (WBTV) – Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump took the stand Monday at the Cabarrus Arena and Events Center in Concord.
“I swear I’m gonna vote for Trump next week, I swear,” Trump said while holding his arm up and looking at the crowd of risen hands.
Trump, leading the GOP field in primary wins and delegate count, arrived at the rally around 12:30 p.m. Doors opened at 9 a.m.
Trump supporters were floating chants ahead of his arrival, blurting out “Keep our guns” and “Trump will win and Romney sucks.” A silent protester wore a shirt that read “Liar Trump” on the front and “Fascist Trump” on the back.
“I thought it was too early for protesters. Get him out of here,” Trump said after spotting the first demonstrator. “Go home to mommy. Bye. Aw, he’s such a nice guy. Nasty little, I tell you, nasty people,” Trump said after spotting another opposer.
“I like china, I like Mexico but their leaders are too smart for our leaders,” Trump said at the rally, “Folks we’ve gotta have smart trademen.”
Trump said our country has tremendous problems with crimes and “other things,” saying we’re going to make our country better.
“Our vets have not been properly taken care of,” Trump said. The majority of the crowd appeared pleased with what they heard.
Trump pointed out one thing he’s going to do, saying Apple is going to start building their products in the U.S.
“We have garbage jobs,” Trump said earlier in the rally.
Bill Clinton, campaigning for wife and Democratic forerunner Hillary Clinton, is also expected to visit the Charlotte area. He is set to speak around 4:15 p.m. at Johnson C. Smith University’s Biddle Hall. The event is free and those interested can register here.
Trump is expected to speak at a campaign rally at the Crown Center Coliseum in Fayetteville on Wednesday. Those interested can register for tickets here.
Trump wrapped his Concord speech up just before 1:15 p.m., saying, “I love you all.”