Aiken, South Carolina – Thousands of people packed the U.S.C. Aiken Convocation Center for Presidential frontrunner Donald Trump. South Carolina’s 51st Attorney General Alan Wilson was the moderator of Saturday’s event. WJBF News Channel 6’s Stefany Bornman has been following this story all day and reports on Trump’s stop in the Palmetto State.
Donald Trump was received in Aiken, S.C., with a standing ovation from most of the people in the crowd. One group of protesters took a stand at Saturday’s rally against “Islam-ophobia.” Still, even Trump’s youngest supporters believe in the candidate’s platform.
“He’s going to get us out of this 20 trillion in debt. He’s not afraid to handle the radical Islamist.” Zach Shaefer told WJBF News Channel 6.
“Because I love Trump and I want to make America great again,” said Zach Dodson.
Trump says with all the work there is to do, to make American greater than ever, he doesn’t have time to pause for the applause. “And I noticed I was doing it the other day. I was getting this big, beautiful applause and I was speaking and speaking and you kill the applause, but I have so many ideas… I’m just so excited about what we are doing,” said Trump.
For some, it’s this level of enthusiasm at the Presidential hopeful’s rallies that sets him apart from the other candidates.
“He’s the only one to me that really speaks like a true American. A true patriot. It’s he’s more concerned with America than any of the rest of them I’ve heard for years now.” Michael Murphy told WJBF News Channel 6.
The frontrunner shared his views about stopping immigration, ending Obamacare, and shared a strong message about mass shootings. “We don’t want what happened in Paris and what happens here. We don’t want it and we have to get our country under control.” Trump said.
Several other groups of protesters welcoming Syrian Refugees were also escorted out during the presidential forum, but a call for change of Obama’s Immigration Executive Order is what Trump and his supporters want.
“Because if it doesn’t happen soon we are going to lose the way of life that all these people come here for.” Murphy said.
Trump is leading the GOP polls and he continues to top other Republican Candidates in South Carolina.
The latest Winthrop Poll reports Trump is at 24 percent in the Palmetto State. Behind him is Senator Ted Cruz at 16 percent and Dr. Ben Carson is polling third at 14 percent. The poll was conducted before Trump’s most recent statements on banning all muslims from entering the country. The Winthrop Poll found that the most important issue to Republican voters is the threat of terrorism.