The apparent Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump drew a crowd of 4,387 at the Lane Events Center in Eugene Friday night.
Trump mentioned Oregon a couple of times. “I love being with you people. I do. I love this part of the world.”
Trump pointed to poverty and the loss of manufacturing and timber jobs in Oregon. “Timber jobs have been cut in half since 1990." Trump said, "We’re gonna bring em up folks. We’re gonna bring em up!”
The crowd cheered at familiar lines from Donald Trump. He talked about building a wall across the southern border. He also attacked Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren and the media.
Trump urged people to vote for him in the May 17th primary. Oregon is typically a blue state in presidential elections, but Trump said he’ll carry the state in November. There were a couple of hecklers in the crowd. One, who held up a Mexican flag, was escorted out. Protesters gathered outside the events center long after Trump left the stage.
In spite of Eugene’s reputation for liberal activism, protests remained peaceful and there were no arrests, according to police.