Thousands rally for Trump in Charleston, WV

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.

UPDATE:

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.”

4 thoughts on “Thousands rally for Trump in Charleston, WV

  • May 9, 2016 at 4:32 am
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    Neocon scribbler Bill Kristol whose only claim to manual labor is picking up pennies off the sidewalk daily derides the hard working men and women who support Donald J. Trump.

    The coal miner in WV, the Teamster driver in Pennsylvania, the auto worker in Michigan, the waitress in Indiana and the line worker in New Jersey know that Trump has their interests at heart.

    The #NeverTrump crowd money train is coming to an end.

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  • May 10, 2016 at 12:55 am
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    Every one of the republican reps and senators that will running for reelection should be replaced with someone that can be vetted that has a proven record of their honest accomplishments in the state where each one of the politicians that is up for reelection is running. I can count on two hands the politicians in DC I would vote back into office that’s damn few. The older ones that have gamed the system for decades need to be retired starting this year. If the republicans want to help themselves they need to get over the idea “which they won’t” they are better than the voters that put them in office.
    I notice too that in my state whenever I object to the high number of legal immigrants that are allowed to come the the U.S. every year along with the illegal migrants that come across our southern border the only answer I get back is a long letter telling me we are all immigrants which is not true. All you have to do is look at Europe to see what out of control immigration has done to the countries that make up the EU, now they are being overrun by thousands of so called refugees streaming in from the Middle East. If you want to find out more about this mess please go to gatestoneinstitute.org

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  • May 10, 2016 at 6:03 am
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    Trump should not have told his audience that they don’t need to vote in the primaries. Sure, the other guys have dropped out. But Trump still needs the full 1237 delegates to get the nomination, and he doesn’t have that yet. If he only gets 1236 there will be a brokered convention and the powers that be will give us Jeb Bush.

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    • May 11, 2016 at 5:01 am
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      Agreed. It is plain silly to tell voters in May and June to stay home, but vote in November. Trump needs to become more serious and not fall into the trap that an election against Clinton will be a cake walk.

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