For the first time Donald Trump made a campaign speech in Colorado on Friday. “I know the folks of Colorado and they are wild,” Trump said as he began his speech.
“We are going to put America First,” Trump, not surprisingly, added.
Early on in his 45 minute speech Trump bashed the way Colorado selected its delegates – which resulted in Ted Cruz receiving all of them.
“Then all of a sudden I didn’t get the delegates but I said what happened to the vote?” Trump said.
Trump’s speech at the Western Conservative Summit was meant to bring Republicans together. The annual summit draws prominent conservatives from around the country to the Colorado Convention Center. It took place 17 days before the start of the Republican National Convention.
GOP Chairman Steve House – who once received death threats from Trump supporters – introduced him.
The speech, which was inside the Convention Center, was attended by thousands, but several hundred seats remained empty in the back.
Trump’s pitch included criticizing Hillary Clinton for her trade policies and her emails as well as appointing conservatives to the supreme court.
Trump spent several minutes discussing the need to improve borders. “We have no idea who they are, where they are from,” Trump said.
Trump concluded his remarks by saying he will make multiple returns to Colorado as the campaign continues.
“Colorado – we got to win this one,” Trump said.
Protesters in Civic Center Park and the Convention Center, along with an LGBT chorus and ensemble festival at the Denver Performing Arts Center, made for a busy day downtown.
Following his speech, Trump had a private fundraiser hosted by Pete Coors and Mike Shanahan. Tickets reportedly started at $10,000 per couple, with a $50,000 price for a photo with Trump.