KENANSVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Donald Trump made another campaign stop in Eastern North Carolina Tuesday afternoon, this time stumping in Duplin County. With a community just short of 900 people in Kenansville, the town was saturated with visitors for the rally. Nearly 10,000 people lining up to hear about Trump’s vision for the country. About 6,000 people packed inside the Duplin County Event Center and say they were not disappointed.
“We’re going to make our country strong again,” says Presidential hopeful Donald Trump. “Our military will be greatly enhanced. And we’re going to make our country safe again. And we are going to make our country great again.”
There was no shortage of patriotism at the Trump rally on Tuesday. The Republican candidate for president touched on a number of issues; focusing on jobs, immigration, and the economy.
“We’re losing our jobs,” Trump says. “We’re losing our taxes. We’re losing our money. And it’s getting worse.”
The focus then shifted to African-American voters and issues plaguing inner cities.
“Honestly, places like Afghanistan are safer than some of our inner cities,” says Trump.
This seemed to resonate with the veterans in the audience, some that have served in war-torn regions. Trump reassured voters at the rally that no matter the concern, he will fix it.
“Obviously, something’s wrong,” Trump says. “But I say, what do you have to lose? I’m going to fix it and I’m telling you we will get it done.”
Many people WNCT caught up with after the rally say they take Trump at his word.
“He’s sincere about making America great,” says Trump supporter Freddie Stancil. “That’s what he means. He’s coming down here to the root of these people who work hard.”
A sentiment we continually heard throughout the day from Eastern North Carolina residents is they appreciate Trump stumping in Duplin County, an area that is often overlooked when plotting stops on the campaign trail.