Thousands of people who came to support Donald Trump at his Henrico County rally punctuated his speech with thunderous applause, others criticized him and some wanted to see the celebrity in person.
In the crowd, estimated by Richmond International Raceway Complex staff to be about 5,000, there were clashes. One woman began shouting “black power," which drew a handful of people into a shouting match. Several people were escorted out after the altercation. A few college students heckled the hour-long speech by shouting “dump trump.” In response, the crowd chanted, “We want Trump.”
Things hit a low when a protester was spit on by someone in the crowd, presumably a supporter, with a video of the incident circulated widely and discussed on national outlets.
The Republican presidential frontrunner didn’t seem fazed either way. He tried to calm the crowd after the heckling incidents, mentioning freedom of speech, and noting that he was “first place everywhere” in the polls.
Trump spoke to the issues of immigration and women’s rights. He promised to build a wall at the Mexican border, with “a big beautiful door” for legal immigrants.
To the issue of women in the workforce, he said he has a high number of women in executive positions. “In fact, the men are all complaining,” he says. “To hell with them.”
After the event, Trump took to Twitter to say what he felt about the Richmond metro area. “Incredible crowd in Richmond Virginia tonight,” he wrote. “So much spirit and energy.” See more photos of the rally from photographer Scott Elmquist on our Facebook page.