HIGHFILL, Ark. — Donald Trump was just one of the three GOP presidential hopefuls rallying support in our region this weekend. Saturday, he addressed a hanger full of supporters at XNA.
According to Marc Trallinger, Benton County Fire Marshal, more than 8,500 people were expected for Donald Trump’s rally at XNA on Saturday. Officials say 5,000 showed up which was right at capacity.
Among those were New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Sarah Huckabee, the daughter of Mike Huckabee who recently joined Trump’s campaign.
Trump took to the stage and he started out by attacking Marco Rubio.
“I actually thought Ted Cruz was a liar but Rubio is worse,” said Donald Trump.
It didn’t take long for Donald Trump to come out swinging at Saturday’s Rally.
“Rubio’s won nothing. He couldn’t get elected dog catcher in Florida. They hate him in the state of Florida,” said Trump.
His style is something Arkansans seem to like.
“Trump makes a lot of good points but there’s also other good candidates and I’d say I might be leading a little more toward Trump now,” said supporter Ryan Edwards.
“Even though I’m a democrat, I’m excited,” said Lesa McKellib, a Democrat voting for Trump. “I think he’s honest, and he’s very verbal and you know where he’s coming from.”
Donald talked a lot about his success as a businessman, building a wall to keep out illegal immigrants and re-inventing government healthcare.
“We’re going to repeal and replace the horror known as Obamacare, it is a horror,” said Trump.
“He told a lot of stories on his background, and success and things like that…that’s good, but I haven’t really seen in mainstream media what he’s actually going to do,” said Mason Kesner, an undecided Republican.
We spoke with Trump after the rally on his Boeing 757 and asked why come back to Arkansas?
“We want to win Arkansas, we’re up in Arkansas according to most of the polls,” he said. “We’d like to win it. We came in we had thousands of people, I guess they say 10,000 people,” said Trump, despite the fire marshal’s report of 5,000.