Trump Slams Clinton, Promises Military Expansion At National Guard Convention

by Mike Hellgren and Pat Warren

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Donald Trump was in Baltimore today to speak to the crowd at the National Guard Association conference at the Convention Center.

This was Trump’s first appearance in Baltimore as the Republican party’s official nominee, though it was not the first time he’s interjected himself into the city’s politics.

As he accepted the nomination at the Republican convention in Cleveland, he mentioned Baltimore’s murder rate. He also criticized State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby’s handling of charges in the death of Freddie Gray.

In Monday’s speech, he touched on ISIS, the military and he slammed Hillary Clinton’s comments on Friday that half of his supporters are “deplorables,” who are racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic and/or Islamaphobic.

He said he was shocked to hear Clinton “attack, slander, smear and demean these wonderful, amazing people who are supporting our campaign,” he said at Monday’s event.

“He probably won’t win here in the state of Maryland so it’s questionable as to how significant his presence might have been here,” one attendee told WJZ. “But I think he has the full support of the military, apparently, based on the reception he got in there.”

An OpinionWorks poll last week showed Trump down 29 points in the state, but he got two standing ovations from the crowd Monday afternoon.

About half of Trump’s time at the Convention Center was spent attacking his Democratic opponent, but he also remarked that, if elected, he would ramp up the military. He provided few specifics.

“I thought he had a lot to say about the military, and he has a lot of great thoughts on what he wants to do, but I don’t know how he’s going to do it,” one attendee said.

Security was tight both outside and inside the Convention Center, and police say there were no major issues despite the fact that Maryland for Trump and the People’s Power Assembly were outside, demonstrating opposing messages about the candidate.

After leaving Baltimore, Trump stopped at the Boulevard Diner in Dundalk where he had lunch with former Gov. Robert Ehrlich and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

The National Guard did offer Clinton a chance to speak at the convention, but she declined.

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One Comment

  1. Cheryl says:

    I live in MD and if the IDIOTS in that city are not smart enough to let someone come in who WILL CHANGE the poverty, drugs, crime, and unemployment they have been living under. THEY DESERVE every dam bit of it!!!

  2. Slik says:

    Mr. Trump has a distinctive black following including Dr. King’s niece, Medgar Evers brother, Pastors Manning, Jackson and countless more. His large Hispanic & Latino following are largely residents of the southwest who despair the murder of family members from illegals who hide in sanctuary cities and return with gangs and drugs. Innumerable military personnel who are struggling and veterans who are shafted by the VA are behind Mr. Trump as Mrs. Clinton says everything is “just fine” while they commit suicide at the rate of twentytwo a day. Mr. Trump is doing major outreach to the black community who he recognizes has being badly hurt by present policies which only raise unemployment and violence. The false mainstream narrative of hate has been played out by the special interests who control Mrs. Clinton, who should shortly be under indictment, because when Mr. Trump wins, we will clean up DC and act on behalf of the American People, not oil sheiks and Sharia proponents. The criminals will be thrown out. Mr. Trump has an extensive history of fighting for minorities and women over thirty years ago. There are even youtube videos of him accepting accolades from Jesse Jackson and praise from Oprah online. If you care for this country and want your children and grandchildren to have a future, he is the only viable candidate.

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