Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump threw a campaign rally and picnic at the George Daily Auditorium Saturday and spoke to a overflow crowd.
Trump is vying for the top of the list of Republican presidential candidates in Iowa with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. His campaign staff ordered up a catered picnic-style lunch in front of the Oskaloosa High School and George Daily Auditorium Saturday morning before he took the podium inside Auditorium.
Trump campaign officials said they had 1,300 RSVPs for the event and an overflow crowd room was set up with a video link in the Oskaloosa Middle School cafeteria so everyone could watch Trump’s speech.
While Hy-Vee employees were grilling hamburgers and hotdogs for people outside, Trump grilled Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton and Republicans Walker and Jeb Bush from the podium during his speech.
Trump immediately went after Clinton as she is being investigated for the possibility of classified information being contained in her emails.
“I can’t see how can a person with a cloud over her head can run,” he said.
Trump also spoke about illegal immigration and a recent trip he took to the U.S.-Mexico border at Laredo, Texas. Trump said he spoke to Border Patrol agents and city officials about the situation on the border.
“It was a little bit scary to be on the border,” Trump said.
Trump said that illegal immigration is a problem that no one wants to talk about.
“If it wasn’t for me, you’d never hear about ‘sanctuary cities,’” he said. “We have to take back our country.”
Trump has taken criticism for past comments about illegal immigrants but he told the Oskaloosa crowd that he likes Hispanics and he has many who work for him and they are great people.
Story by Duane Nollen
The Oskaloosa Harold