Trump rally brings cheers and jeers in Raleigh

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Saturday, December 5, 2015
Trump rally disrupted by protesters
Donald Trump held a rally in Raleigh on Friday night

RALEIGH (WTVD) -- Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump's Friday night rally was peppered with disruptions from protesters being escorted from Dorton Arena

The event, which started at 7:30 p.m., hosted thousands of Trump supporters and more than a few who audibly opposed his political platform.

The businessman and reality TV show star has been drawing significant crowds across the country. However, Trump has angered some during his campaign with controversial remarks about immigrants, Latinos, Muslims, and other groups.

Some protesters were heard yelling "Black Lives Matter" before security corralled them out of the arena. Others protesters were drowned out by the loud booing from Trump's following. One man was seen being violently shoved as he was escorted off property.

Trump addressed a number of issues during the rally.

"We're going to make our country greater than ever before," he said. "We need tremendous smarts. We need somebody's who's going to get the job done."

He focused much of his speech on Syrian refugees and immigration. He said undocumented workers are often treated better than veterans in this country. He also explained his plans to remove Syrian refugees and undocumented workers if elected.

"If I win, they gotta go back. They have got to go back," said Trump.

When asked about the recent terror attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, he said, "I would handle it so tough, you have no idea. You don't even want to hear it."

He also said he wants to eliminate the Common Core in classrooms.

An anti-Trump demonstration with about 50 picketers also unfolded outside of the arena.

"He has insulted Muslim communities members, immigrant community members, women. He has this long track record of attacking pretty much everyone," said protestor Zainadine Alsous.

There were no reports of anyone being arrested.

Trump leads the national GOP race and continues to poll well in North Carolina.

A new CNN/ORC poll finds 36 percent of registered Republicans and right-leaning independents support Trump. His nearest competitor, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is 20 points behind.

Another recent poll, by Public Policy Polling, showed Trump with 31 percent in the Tar Heel State. Ben Carson was second with 23 percent.

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