By Kosha Oswald – Collegiate Staff
With election day coming up in a week, Donald Trump made his way to the Deltaplex in Grand Rapids Monday, where about 6,000 people were in attendance. During the rally, many people took the stage to applaud the presidential candidate, and eventually Trump took the stage himself to appeal to his Michigan supporters.
“In eight days we are going to win the great state of Michigan and we are going to win back the White House,” Trump said. “Let me start by making a very important promise to you. When I win on November 8, I am going to bring your jobs back to America.”
Trump spoke a lot on Michigan’s economy and bringing jobs back to the state.
“The long nightmare of jobs leaving Michigan will be coming to a rapid end,” Trump said. “We will make Michigan the economic envy of the entire world once again.”
Although he talked about bringing jobs back, he didn’t go into specifics on how he planned on doing so.
“I love Trump for president,” said Mary Simcox, of Portland. “I love that he’s not a politician. He has new and fresh ideas and is ready to get us out of the rut we are in.”
At one point when Trump was speaking on stage, the crowd started to chant “build a wall.” Trump addressed the chant by saying, “We will build the wall. Don’t worry about it. Do not worry about it.” He continued on the topic of the wall by explaining that it was necessary to keep the “poison” of drugs from flowing in.
The crowd also began chanting “lock her up” during the rally, referencing Hillary Clinton, whom Trump was speaking about at the time. Trump was talking about Clinton’s emails and how the FBI has reopened the investigation. He went on to talk about how she lies and lied under oath about those emails. Trump wasn’t the only one who shared disdain for the Democratic candidate.
“He trumps Hillary,” said Sharon Rogowski, of Byron Center. “She is a liar. I like that Trump is honest and wants to fix so many things for us. He’s a successful businessman with a great family. He’s not a politician and that’s just what we need.”
Trump continued on in his speech by asking people to vote and make the right decision.
“Hillary Clinton’s corruption, eight days, you are right. It’s a threat to democracy,” said Trump. “The way to save our democracy is to get out and vote by the millions.”
He also talked about climate change.
“My plan also includes a promise to cancel billions and billions of dollars in climate change spending for the United Nations,” Trump said. “A number that Hillary wants to actually increase.”
Trump explained that he wants clean air and safety and that millions of dollars doesn’t have to be spent to accomplish that.
Throughout his speech, he touched on many topics that caused the crowd to cheer. He talked a lot about Clinton. He blamed her for the loss of jobs, saying that she sold our jobs to Mexico. He told the crowd that the Trump Administration would stop the plight of American jobs.
“Trump is great,” said Dylan Smyth, of Mount Pleasant. “He takes on everything, the media, scandals and he keeps his cool. Hillary doesn’t know anything. She doesn’t know about our Second Amendment, she lies about everything. We need Trump.”
The crowd was very uplifted and in good spirits throughout the rally, chanting Trump’s name, holding signs, and dressed in Trump merchandise.
Trump’s final words at the rally were a motivational send off to the standing and cheering crowd.
“Together we will make America wealthy again,” Trump said. “Together we will make America strong again. Together we will make America safe again, and we will make America great again.”