Despite protesters, Trump draws packed Fayetteville crowd

Posted March 9, 2016
Updated March 10, 2016

— The campaign trail is heating up and candidates from both parties, including Republican front-runner Donald Trump, are eyeing North Carolina for votes ahead of next week’s primary.

Fayetteville’s Crown Coliseum was packed Wednesday night as Trump made his second North Carolina appearance this week.

Trump took the stage just after 7 p.m. and spoke for about an hour with no notes or script. At times, he was spontaneous as though he was feeding of the crowd, who hung on every word.

The 10,000-seat Crown Coliseum had very few empty seats as Trump spoke, and he wasted no time attacking the media and his GOP rivals, U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Ted Cruz of Texas.

"Lyin' Ted Cruz, he doesn’t know how to win," Trump said.

In the military community, Trump’s pledge to take care of veterans also played well.

"We’ve got to take care of our veterans. They’re not being treated properly," he said.

Several times during the speech, protestors interrupted Trump. With every interruption, law enforcement officers promptly escorted demonstrators out of the building. At times, the confrontations got physical with some Trump supporters.

Many of the demonstrators gathered outside the Crown Coliseum to make their voices heard.

“He spreads hate,” said protester Marianna Kuehn.

It was unclear if any of the protesters were arrested Wednesday night.

Undeterred by protesters, Trump ran through his plan, as he puts it, to make America great again, which included getting tough on ISIS, focus on companies that want to move overseas and immigration.

"We’re going to have a big wall, and who’s going to pay for it? Mexico," said Trump.

North Carolina is a major prize next week, and Trump’s main objective was to make sure North Carolinians give him that win.

A WRAL News poll released Tuesday indicated that Trump tops Cruz 41 percent to 27 percent among likely GOP voters in North Carolina.

Among other things, Trump supporters said the billionaire appeals to them because he is different, wants to eliminate the Affordable Care Act and has business sense.

"This man is a multi-billionaire personally, and that's the type of president we need. We need a president with a business sense," said attendee Dr. Steve Parsons.

Trump referred to Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton only once during his speech, saying that she shouldn’t be allowed to run for president.

Trump’s next stop on the campaign trail will be Thursday night for a GOP debate at the University of Miami.


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  • Brandon White Mar 10, 2016
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    Kiokio take delight in the fact that the revolution has traction. The Tories despise Trump. Their ancestors were against the last revolution in 1776. Also you know you are winning the argument when a liberal calls you a racist. If facts contradict with their world view than a socio-fascist, (liberal, Democrat, progressive or establishment GOP), will try to label you with a derogatory name. They are challenged in their vocabulary so the word racist is the 1st thing that comes to mind. When in fact the entire discussion has nothing about race in its topic. It is like the Tea Party, their opponents call them homophobes and racists, when their entire agenda is based upon economic policy. I was undecided, but the more I see how infuriated the people I loathe and despise, hate Trump, I am starting to lean towards voting for him.

  • Kioko Fulgarion Mar 10, 2016
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    All of Europe? You're crazier than my Grandma with dementia. I could pull up a few links of Europeans cheering us on.

  • Kioko Fulgarion Mar 10, 2016
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    I love you Trump haters, you keep calling us out for things such as bigotry and racism, and idiocy but you guys do the exact same thing yourselves.

    Keep bashing and insulting us, it makes us stronger and more powerful if Michigan/Mississippi wasn't enough of a clue. Oh and add Hawaii, and Virginia.

    Don't you people get it? We already made a deal that haters gonna hate, but protestors are annoying and get in the way, no matter who they are for and what they are doing.

    So please fire your cannons of bigotry and hate at us, we need all the fire we can vet to build this nation back to its former glory.

  • Sibylle Lashley Mar 10, 2016
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    Anyone who believes this guy a word is delusional.. He lies when he opens his mouth, low level and a racist. What's wrong with people? Europe is shaking their heads in disbelieve...

  • Rusty Shackleford Mar 10, 2016
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    Wow, this comment says everything that needs to be said about Trump and his supporters. The rally "doesn't concern" the protesters ? It's a rally for a man who might become President (including the protestors' President). And the cops ought to be working for a candidate ?!? Of course, if there's violence they should (as apparently they did when a Trump supporter assaulted a protestor), but it's ridiculous to think they should be suppressing the free speech rights of peaceful protestors. Like I said, the quoted comment says WORLDS about the mindset of Trump supporters.

  • Bill Gibson Mar 10, 2016
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    I was just looking to see if the old white guy has been arrested yet. It is excellent video and surely someone knows who he is. What he did was illegal, even if he didn't like what the black protester had done.

  • William James Mar 10, 2016
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    This Presidential Election is a total Joke, its totally being manipulated and steered by outside interests and the press! The debates are a perfect example, for both parties only the pre-selected chosen ones were allowed to speak and mainly on non-sense hot button topics that die on the vine 3 sec after the president takes office. Immigration, abortion, economy, and terrorism are all topics that have been used for the past 40yrs to elicit emotional reactions from voters, but lets not be children its not like any of them have a solution to any of these problems and if they did, why have they waited 50yrs to voice it? I'm a conservative, but its not conservative to spend 2.7Trill on a war; billions on boarder patrol and anti-terror, yet never spending money on changing trade policy to bring jobs back to the US and yes we can compete, we did it for over 300yrs fine.

  • Matt Nickeson Mar 10, 2016
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    I would argue that Sanders isn't very ant-establishment. He has been in Washington DC for more than 25 years and in a government position for more than 35. Not exactly someone from outside the system.

  • Freda Kerr Mar 10, 2016
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    I watched the video of the protesters being escorted out. I saw the older white male with the gray ponytail sucker punch the younger black man. That older white male committed assault, he should have been arrested. Folks do not have the right to consider themselves superior when they act like barbarian cave people.

  • Clarence Drumgoole Mar 10, 2016
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    So much violence at the Trump rallies. Folk assaulting folk on National TV. Is this what we have to look forward to with Trump in charge?