GOP hopeful rallies sold out MI crowd — ‘You are going to love President Trump’

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BIRCH RUN, Mich. --  Republican presidential candidate and real estate mogul Donald Trump rallied his supporters in Michigan Tuesday night during a Genesee and Saginaw county Republican party fundraiser event.

Fresh of his headline-making debate appearance last week, Tuesday night marked Trump's first visit to Michigan since announcing his run for the White House.

While protesters posted up outside, roughly 2,500 people crammed into the sold out Birch Run Expo Center, near Flint, to hear him give a keynote address for the event.

“I am so excited,” Christine Wofford told FOX 17 Tuesday afternoon while waiting to get into the event. “I love Donald Trump, I love his charisma, his excitement and his love for the United States of America.”

Protesters outside, organized by the Michigan Democratic Party, said Trump is simply unfit to be presidential material.

“I want to show people that while Trump might be leading in the polls and turning out 2,000 people, not everyone in this state supports the hateful things he has to say,” said protester Sam McNearny.

Standing room-only crowd Tuesday night inside Birch Run Expo Center

Standing room-only crowd Tuesday night inside Birch Run Expo Center

Trump came out swinging early Tuesday night, with Mexico and bring jobs back from countries, heard throughout the speech. He also, once again, said the issue of illegal immigration wouldn't even be a discussion point amongst candidate if it weren't for him.

“We have to build a wall," Trump said to raucous applause. "And by the way, I’m all for legal immigration, that’s what it’s all about.”

The GOP presidential hopeful also singled out Michigan automaker Ford and its plan to build a $2.5B plant there, something he said he would fight to reverse under his administration.

"Why don't we let the illegals just drive the cars and trucks right over the border," Trump said, tongue in cheek.

Taking jabs at his competitors, the president and the 'scavenger' media, Trump especially went after Jeb Bush, saying he lacked energy and couldn't be trusted to negotiate anything.

“There’s no energy there, no energy," Trump said to the crowd. "We need energy, we need tone,”

Before taking the stage, Trump told reporter he would announce specific policy plans within the next two weeks, adding that people need to trust him.  When pressed for specifics, Trump argued the need for flexibility, similar to how he runs his businesses.

Trump refused again to rule out a third-party run if he doesn't get the nomination.

“I want to run as a Republican. that’s what I’m doing,” he said. “I’m going to keep the door open if I’m not treated fairly.”

Following the speech, supporters filed out saying they were pleased with what they heard.

"My son and I got our tickets with just seconds to go before the clock ran out, it was worth it" Robert Murphy said. "I do believe he's unbeatable today."

Others, like John Myers, said Tuesday night's speech had convinced them Trump was the candidate to choose.

"Being brought up a Democrat, I'm very, very intrigued my Mr. Trump and I do believe he will be getting my support,” Meyers told FOX 17.

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  • Laurice M. Tatum

    Why do I keep hearing rhetoric among political pundits that the Republican Party establishment has to confront Trump. Confront him as though its their ordained duty and responsibility to protect their fiefdoms. Such comment brings to mind a quote made famous in a well known television insurance commercial, “WHAT ARE YOU CCCRRAAAZYYY.”

    I have to ask myself and what I hear and see them doing is laying the predicate that the special interest as manifested within the party must be protected at all cost. Protected “at the expense of the democratic process.” Don’t get me wrong the democrats are no better and in many way much worse. These idiots are making the best the best case for a third part run. It’s reflective of how little these people care about: the political process, the American people, the U.S. Constitution and refuse to address their impotency.

    Getting back to the matter at hand. Objectively it appears such an endeavor is designed specially to protect the chosen ones. The fair haired boys and girls who the “KING MAKERS, PURVEYORS AND FACILITATORS OF DYNASTIES AND PROTECTORS OF SPECIAL INTEREST desire to place in positions of authority. Those the likes of Karl Rove who desire, with the fever of sexual lust to control and manipulate the election process their own end. What I hear and see those puppeteers doing is trampling on the Constitutional rights of each and every American citizen.

    If these people are successful in their efforts to assassinate the Trump campaign. God help us because hey will be undeserving to hold authority over the American people. I ask are these the people we want to have authority over us? THINK ABOUT IT, and then WHAT SAY YOU TO THE POLITICAL ESTABLISHMENT?

  • David John Francis


    If we check a few illegal alien crime numbers, that you haven’t seen publicized in the Los Angeles Times, New York Daily News, or the Deseret News (Utah), or have they been featured on ABC, CNN, and NBC and other leftist oriented news reporting outlets, So, the majority of Americans are not even aware of these types of heinous crimes in the neighborhoods, towns and cities. Donald Trump WILL build the wall and end the illegal executive orders overreach of King Obama and his genuflecting trolls in his administration. TRUMP WILL USE NAFTA AS A FULCRUM TO PRODUCE THE MONEY HE WANTS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION? Although the other issues are of major importance such as IRAN, Women’s rights, oil and natural gas industry and the military being decimated by the radical nuts, illegal immigration is estimate to cost over HALF a TRILLION dollars annually. Fix this with tough mandatory E-Verify with employers facing prison for 5 years first offence, then self deportation will commence. If you cannot get a job, then you’re ‘dead in the water’?

    • Between 2008 and 2014, 40% of all murder convictions in Florida were criminal aliens. In New York it was 34% and Arizona 17.8%.
    • During those years, criminal aliens accounted for 38% of all murder convictions in the five states of California, Texas, Arizona, Florida and New York, while illegal aliens constitute only 5.6% of the total population in those states.
    • That 38% represents 7,085 murders out of the total of 18,643.

    The national press has been silent about brutal crime on a Crow nation reservation April 27. IN LESS THAN A MONTH FOUR (4) MURDERS COMMITTED ON US CITIZENS BY ILLEGAL ALIENS. Americans should ask the question, what has citizens and lawful residents who commit crimes, to do with illegal alien’s violating the law? The difference being they are in their country of their birth, but illegal foreigners skirting the law who smuggle themselves here and are convicted, just add more mouths to feed in the prison system.

    An illegal alien from Mexico, Juan Jimenez-Olivera, pleaded guilty to murder, aggravated arson, and desecrating human remains in the slaying of Sviatlana Dranko. Dranko was found strangled to death and burned inside her New Jersey home in April 2014. The two were co-workers at a pizza place but were not involved romantically
    Prosecutors said Jimenez-Olivera put a pillow case over Dranko’s face and used a lighter to set her body on fire.
    In exchange for defendant Juan Jimenez–Olivera’s pleas of guilty, the defendant will be sentenced to a mandatory term of 30 years incarceration without parole, with a consecutive term of 5 years incarceration on his guilty plea to disturbing and desecrating human remains.

    Donald Trump focused the beginning of his campaign to become the first president to-be on ending the illegal alien invasion. On July 1, the whole can of worms was opened and neither party could stop the outrage that exploded onto the scene, when Kate Steinle was shot to death on a well known tourist pier in San Francisco. A notorious ‘Sanctuary City” for ignoring federal Rule of Law, that ICE could have some culpability in staying there hand? Kate Steinle was shot by Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, an illegal immigrant who had been deported five times and previously convicted of seven other felonies, but was released by city authorities after drug charges were dropped.

    Victor Ramirez, 29, reportedly sexually assaulted and savagely beat Marilyn Pharis, 64, with a hammer after breaking into her Santa Maria, California, home while she was sleeping on July 24. The victim, a single women was also allegedly raped by a second man, 20-year-old Jose Villagomez, during the intrusion – was taken to an area hospital with ‘severe injuries’, where she died eight days later. Now, it has emerged that Ramirez is an undocumented, illegal immigrant from Mexico who has been arrested four times in the past two years and was on probation at the time of the alleged break-in.

    A Massachusetts grandmother killed on July 4 is thought to have been shot by two men who both faced deportation orders to leave the country. Wilton Lara-Calmona, 38, and Jose Lara-Mejia, 35, both from the Dominican Republic, are linked to the death of Mirta Rivera, 41, a nurse and grandmother from Lawrence who was killed by a stray bullet. Reviews of their immigration and customs records show that Lara-Calmona was deported in 2012 and arrested coming back in to the United States last year while Lara-Mejia entered the country in 2013 and was ordered deported last April. The latter has been considered a fugitive for over a year. Deportation orders failed to oust two illegal immigrants who are now up on drug charges and under investigation in the July 4 shooting death of a Lawrence grandmother — in an alarming case that critics say illustrates a revolving immigration door with dangerous consequences.

    Latest murder by a foreign national was near Pryor, Montana. A husband and wife Jason Shane, 51, and Tana Shane, 47 of native American heritage were shot and killed by 18 year old Jesus Deniz Mendoza, when they stopped to help, the man posing as a stranded motorist who had run out of gas. Deniz-Mendoza, a Mexican national and lawful permanent resident, had been arrested for burglary less than two weeks earlier, but Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents filed no detainer for lack of a conviction. Jorah Shane, the daughter was shot in the spine, wounded, she escaped and hid in a field.

    The people must have to wonder when the next murder will take place on our soil by foreign nationals, who shouldn’t be here. Will the sudden rush by the Congress to erase the illegal laws of ‘Sanctuary City’ as a haven for millions upon millions of the undocumented people squatting in the United States—or will this fade out of the people’s vision.

    Opposing the official narrative that illegal immigration is somehow beneficial to Americans; The Migration Policy Institute (MPI) reportedly proves that illegal immigrants are responsible for much of the crime that occurs throughout the U.S. And because these aliens are undocumented, they’re much harder to find and convict than American citizens who commit similar crimes.

    Some 820,000 illegal aliens living in the U.S. right now, reports (MPI) are convicted criminals. The Institute references this report that 690,000 have been convicted of a felony or “serious” misdemeanor. And both of these numbers are likely much lower than actual crime figures, which are difficult to calculate due to the high number of aliens who escape arrest and conviction.