MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – With less than two days left before Election Day, Donald Trump made a campaign stop in Minnesota Sunday afternoon and thousands of supporters turned out to greet him.
Trump announced Saturday he’d be stopping at an airplane hangar at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport for his first public rally here in the state. Thousands of people made it into the event Sunday afternoon, while thousands more waited outside.
It was one of several stops through the Midwest for Trump Sunday as both he and Hillary Clinton make their final pleas to voters ahead of Election Day on Tuesday.
Thousands of supporters were fired up in a state that hasn’t voted for a Republican president since 1972.
“I’ve been here many times before as you know. Hillary doesn’t bother to come here, she should be penalized,” Trump told the crowd.
“Hillary Clinton will be under investigation for a long time for her many crimes against our nation, likely ending in criminal trial,” Trump added.
Trump’s remarks came as FBI director James Comey abruptly announced Sunday that Hillary Clinton should not face criminal charges related to newly discovered emails from her time at the State Department.
“Minnesota has been really hurt. Why the hell do you want to put the same people back in office?” Trump said.
In his nearly 40-minute speech, Trump gave examples specific to Minnesota.
“The Democratic governor of your state says the Affordable Care Act is no longer affordable,” Trump said.
Touching on issues like health care, keeping jobs from moving overseas and tightening immigration laws.
“When I’m elected president we will suspend Syrian refugee program and we will keep radical Islamic terrorists the hell out of our country,” Trump said.
Hillary Clinton was last in Minnesota in July, when she spoke at the National Federation of Teachers Convention. It was just before she clinched the Democratic nomination.
In recent weeks, Clinton has sent a number of surrogates to campaign for her, including daughter Chelsea Clinton.
Before Sunday’s rally, we talked to people waiting in line about their views of the campaign and Donald Trump.
“We want to support a candidate that’s not a typical politician and is actually going to get in and do something, make some changes,” said Kristin Gross, a Trump supporter.
Before Trump’s plane landed, Rep. Tom Emmer and former congresswoman Michele Bachmann spoke to the crowd, urging them to vote Republican in Tuesday’s election.