Donald Trump is the presumptive Republican presidential nominee following a decisive victory in the Indiana primary and the decision by Ted Cruz to drop out of the race.
Some Donald Trump supporters leaving Thursday’s rally were met with protesters.
As thousands left the Charleston Civic Center, a few dozen protesters, some organized but not all, waited for them. Many of the protesters held signs stating they were against Donald Trump.
There were several confrontations between the protesters and Trump supporters, including yelling matches with people standing face to face.
The confrontations did not turn violent at any point.
Eventually, the Charleston Police Department moved the protesters to a sidewalk area and formed a line between them and the Trump supporters.
The Charleston Police Department says no arrests were made following the event.
Donald Trump wrapped up his stop in Charleston with a promise he’ll be back again before November.
He told the crowd of thousands, they didn’t need to vote in the primary, which is May 10, and to save their vote for the general election.
“You’re real people, and you make this country great,” Trump said.
During his speech he took on Hillary Clinton’s stance on coal, and claimed she would only continue to take jobs away.
He also said, along with miners, and would take care of veterans.
” West Virginia has a massive number of veterans, disproportionate to any other state, and we’re going to take care of them,” Trump told the audience.
Trump also talked about his plans to stop illegal immigration, repeal and replace Obamacare, reform education, and protect second amendment rights.
Trump told thousands of supporters at the Charleston Civic Center that he’s all but secured the nomination since GOP rivals Ted Cruz and John Kasich have suspended their respective campaigns. For that reason he told supporters on more than one occasion to save their votes for when he really needs it for the general election.
The comments prompted West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant to tweet:
“It’s irresponsible to tell people not to vote. Too many have died for our right. Plus local & down ballot races are so important.”