Trump: US will be 'greater than ever before'

Posted December 4, 2015
Updated December 5, 2015

— Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump energized a raucous crowd in Raleigh on Friday night with promises of military might, mass deportations, action against ISIS, and an end to the Affordable Care Act and the Common Core academic standards.

Nearly eight thousand people packed Dorton Arena at the State Fairgrounds to hear from Trump, who continues to lead the GOP field by taking on critics head-on and preaching a message of reclaiming what he says is the eroding status of the United States.

"We are going to make our country great again, greater than ever before," he said

The appearance was disrupted at least a half-dozen times by protesters, who were loudly booed down by Trump supporters and escorted out of the arena. Meanwhile, several dozen protesters marched outside the arena, shouting, "Get your hate out of our state."

Law enforcement officials at the event said 25 people were removed from the arena.

Inside the arena, Trump initially dismissed the protests, saying the handful of people were a minor annoyance compared with the flood of people who back his message. But he became visibly irritated as the number of interruptions mounted.

So did Trump fans, some of whom pushed and hit at least one protestor as security removed him. Supporter Judy McNamara proudly told WRAL News she'd helped get two other protestors ejected.

"I helped get 'em out. Ripped up their signs," she said. "Right here. Held a coat over their face, got them out of here."

Speaking in almost a stream of consciousness for about 30 minutes, Trump blasted President Barack Obama, calling him "grossly incompetent" and a "great divider," Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, whom he said he would consider prosecuting for her actions as secretary of state, and GOP rival, Jeb Bush, whom he first referred to as "boring" before changing the description to "low energy."

His bombast was met with delighted cheers from the crowd.

With the attacks in San Bernardino, Calif., dominating the headlines, Trump focused largely on national security, immigration, fighting terrorism, ending the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the U.S., and supporting the military and veterans.

"We're going to build a military that is so big, so strong, so powerful that no one is going to mess with us," he said.

He said he would go after ISIS "so tough you don’t even want to hear it."

"Can we go a couple of steps beyond waterboarding?" he asked the crowd. "They're cutting off heads."

Trump also pledged not only to keep Syrian refugees out of the U.S., but also to deport those who are already here, though he said he would support relief efforts in "safe zones" in the Middle East.

"We want to help people, but we don’t want these people coming to the United States. And if they do, and if I win, they’re going back. They've got to go back," Trump told his supporters.

The real estate tycoon also highlighted reports that a neighbor of the California attackers had suspicions about the couple, but said nothing to authorities.

"Can anybody be that dumb? They didn’t want to be involved with racial profiling," he said. "We have become so politically correct, we don't know what the hell we’re doing!"

"If you had a couple of folks [at the crime scene] with guns and that knew how to use them, you wouldn’t have dead people," Trump added. "The dead people would be the other guys. We have to be vigilant. We have to be much tougher, we have to be much smarter, or it’s never, ever going to end. Remember that."

Trump spent the second half hour of his appearance taking questions from audience members, getting the loudest applause line when he cut off the first questioner.

"What would you tell President Obama...?" a woman started to ask.

"You're fired!" he interrupted her.

He promised a student from Campbell University that he would build the economy so graduates would have jobs waiting for them, told another questioner that he would repeal Obama's executive orders on immigration and work to help veterans on his first day in office and told a 12-year-old girl from Virginia that she would be safe growing up under his leadership.

"If I win, we are going to be so proud of our country again," he said.


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  • Cathy Cheek Dec 6, 2015
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    TRUMP 2016!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dixie Ryder Dec 6, 2015
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    Well than I would say if " T.O.T.". Has his finger on the button good chance he's 11 yrs old playing in an elevator. Be real. You sound afraid of what you have no real knowledge of the systems. Trust me there is not a Hunt for Red October playing out in Pamlico sound. The Donald basicly says if ya tell me you don't give a "flip". I'll show you I'm better at it. Rock on Don! No weakness....

  • William Patterson Dec 6, 2015
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    that statement is relative to what one considers great and it is also his very unhumble opinion .....

  • Jonathan Crowder Dec 6, 2015
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    Let's be honest, the US defecate started in WWII. Obama's grandfather " Stanley Armour Dunham" served in the 1830th Ordnance and Maintenance at the time, while Fred Trump" son of a son of a immigrant from Germany" got arrested by NYPD for his involvement with the KKK. It's funny to me to see white people agree with Trump because he is against Spanish citizens, blacks and every American that's not a white 6 figure+ male, but 8 years ago argued with blacks voting for Obama. By 2030 there will be 32% Hispanics and 28% blacks in America.

  • Mike Blackwell Dec 6, 2015
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    My reference was en pointe thus Godwins law is not applicable. In addition the tactics used by Mr Trump is very similar as it plays on fears and prejudices; thereby bypasses logical reasoning and elicits a visceral response from the audience.

  • Craig Elliott Dec 5, 2015
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    Not to get too far off track, but health care reform was a huge issue way before Obama's election. Unfortunately, Obama didn't reform anything, and simply mandated universal coverage at the taxpayer's expense.

    The healthcare insurance system is still broken, and still as much a threat to the vitality of the US economy as it every was.

  • King Mopar Dec 5, 2015
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    Before "O", my health care benefits declined every year, while what I paid in was more. What has happened to health care?? Now, every company usually has a "high deduct" plan, instead of descent plan for it's employees. Why, it helps the bottom line and the bonuses that CEO's get at the end of the year. Are you too stupid to even realize this??? They muddle into meetings every day, while you sweat to make a living, aka...making them look good...then you have a 3000$ deductible to even think of paying.
    Some companies(mine) have even got into the insurance game....as they know there is real profit in it. Thing about it, I get a 36 million salary..what is a 3000 deduct to me??? + a 12 million bonus.

  • Shiloh Barkley Dec 5, 2015
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    He doesn't have my vote.

  • Hamilton Bean Dec 5, 2015
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    Trump won't have time to destroy the US---Obama is well on his way to accomplishing that goal simply because we have a congress that is flat out gutless and brain dead...

  • Susan Mjb Dec 5, 2015
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    Donald Trump is not qualified to be President. He will start WW III as soon as he is elected, not to mention the civil war that he will start. He opens his mouth and says whatever comes into his head first.... doesn't matter if it is true, he still says it. It doesn't matter if it is hate-mongering, he still says it. He has proposed doing things that are international war crimes (murder the family members of terrorists - even if they are innocent - I assume he means wives, children, parents, grandparents). He is proposing to put 11 million people in cattle cars and dump them on the other side of the border. He claims that he would do it "humanely." And I am guessing that he would seize all of their property in the process - homes, cars, furniture? He has proposed forcing all American Muslims to be registered in a database and he has said that he would track all American Muslims. That is unconstitutional and un-American. Trump is dangerous. He will destroy us.