Trump makes visit to Southwest Florida
Running through a litany of the dead, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump stressed the need for American – and worldwide – security at a campaign rally at Germain Arena Monday afternoon.
To the cheers of the filled-to-capacity crowd as he opened with jabs at Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s position on radical Islamic terrorism –“the words she can not say” – and somber silence as he listed terrorist attack after attack, Trump pounded his point home.
“Immigration security is national security,” he said.
“My opponent has the most open border policy of any person to seek the presidency.”
There are thousands of dangerous individuals here awaiting deportation, Trump said, but instead, they are staying in America, becoming citizens because their own home countries won’t take them back.
“Because their home countries wouldn’t take them back, they didn’t want them,” Trump said. “They said keep them United States, we don’t want them.”
“This isn’t only about terrorism,” he added. “It’s about quality of life.”
That isn’t something Clinton can deliver and that isn’t something American can tolerate, he said, adding her election would be “four more years of Obama – but worse.”
“We cannot let this evil continue, we can not do it,”?Trump said of terrorism. “We cannot do it.”
He offered himself as a solution.
“We can defeat the Islamic threat as we have every threat before it,” Trump said before touching on campaign loadstones – that the U.S. can and will build a wall and Mexico will pay for it.
“We have to put America first, we have to put America first,” he said to cheers.
Thousands waited hours to make it into Germain Arena, filed to standing room only, with many still waiting outside.
Groups, families and friends traveled from other cities – and even other states – to make it out to the Monday afternoon rally in Estero.
“Eight of us drove from Lake Placid to show our support – and to show women support Donald Trump,” said Dorothy Sweatt.
Naples resident Jamie Cassin’s family, including infant Axyl, also came out to show their support.
“I’m ready to see some change so my health insurance no longer costs as much as my mortgage,” Cassin said before heading to her seat.
While the crowd continued to flow into the arena, people appeared positive and eager, smiling and cheering “America” in unison.
Music as diverse as opera and Credence Clearwater streamed from the loud speakers as seats continued to fill up and the crowd cheered.
Before heading back to their seats, Bob Gregory and his wife Barbara, along with friends Donna and Ron Moeller held up a portrait of the Gregory’s daughter, Jessica, with Donald Trump when she won Miss Massachusetts the 1990s.
“The crowd energy is very high -very positive -here. Everyone is so happy and nice to each other. We only saw one protestor outside,” Donna Moeller said.