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Trump visits Denver Friday night, calls Colorado a “must-win” state

"He [Donald Trump] does not represent the America that is my America." said Cheryl Gray, a protestor at the rally.
“He [Donald Trump] does not represent the America that is my America.” said Cheryl Gray, a protester at the rally. (Neall Denman | Collegian)

DENVER– Donald Trump gave a campaign speech to a large crowd of Colorado supporters Friday night at the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum in Denver. It was the Republican presidential nominee’s second campaign stop in Colorado after the Democratic National Convention concluded Thursday night.

Much of the speech was focused on attacking his democratic presidential rival Hillary Clinton’s nomination acceptance speech, mocking the lower viewership of her speech and her “average” performance. 

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“Hillary was talking last night about how wonderful everything is,” Trump said, listing off low house ownership rates and a rise in police shootings. “She makes it sound like everything’s rosy-dory, it’s not rosy-dory.” 

Trump mocked the Democratic National Convention as a whole, and the political commentators who said it had more star power than the Republican National Convention.

“They said they had more star power,” Trump said. “I think my kids have more star power, let me tell you.”

Many of the protestors carried signs which drew parallels between Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Many of the protestors carried signs which drew parallels between Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. (Neall Denman | Collegian)

When a protester rose up from the crowd, Trump called him a “remnant of a Bernie Protester,” leading into a speech where he said Bernie Sanders had “sold his soul to the devil” by endorsing Clinton for the democratic nomination.

Trump also gave a hint as to what he would do if he was not elected president.

“If I don’t beat Clinton, I would consider this to be a total waste of time and money,” Trump said. “I wouldn’t want to be in the history books.”

Trump praised Colorado, calling it a must-win state.

“I’m here a lot anyway, I have so many friends here,” Trump said. “We have to win this state on November 8. I’m gonna be here so much you’ll say, ‘Please, we’ll vote for you, don’t come back anymore.'”

Just outside, underneath the wings of an aircraft and behind a heavily guarded fence, protesters and supporters of the republican nominee gathered, unable to get into the venue due to a lack of space.

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DSC_2155 (edit)“He [Donald Trump] does not represent the America that is my America,” said Cheryl Gray, a protester at the rally.

Other protesters held signs that compared Trump to Russian President Vladimir Putin, mocked his vulgarity and speech or otherwise criticized Trump. 

Trump had earlier stopped in Colorado Springs, where attendance was also so high that there was not enough room at the campaign stop. Trump accused the fire marshal of being a Clinton supporter for not letting more people in.

In response to chants of “lock her up” coming from the crowd, Trump said, “I’m starting to agree with you… no more Mr. Nice Guy,” according to Reuters.

Collegian Executive Editor Erik Petrovich can be reached at editor@collegian.com or on Twitter @EAPetrovich

 

 

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