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Thousands show up for Trump rally

Posted at 9:43 PM, Dec 16, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-16 23:43:14-05
MESA, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - A big crowd gathered at a hangar at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport on Wednesday afternoon.
 
The Mesa Police Department expected a crowd of about 5,000. Before it all started, a long line to get in, the first person there arrived at 3 a.m.
 
"They're saying, are you going to run as an independent?  You know I just got a poll where I'm at 41 and other guys are at two and three and seven.  It doesn't make a lot of sense, Oh I Think I'll leave now and run as an independent," Trump said.
 
As for reaction, we spoke to a number of people as they walked out of the protest.
 
Firm supports say Trump's energy was fantastic.  Others say hearing from him in person confirmed their their support.
 
KGUN9 asked one woman about some of his remarks about women and minorities and she said she doesn't agree with everything Trump says, but believes he is the best candidate.
 
A small crowd of protestors also gathered.
 
Many of their complaints had to do with Trump's idea of banning Muslims from immigrating to the United States, also past comments on Mexicans.
 
A few people weren't necessarily supporters, but trying to learn more.
 
Loretta Sholler, an ASU student, said, "he started off the rally talking about himself, talking about last night's debate, talking about Jeb Bush and all the stabs he took at him last night, but didn't really talk about what he would do as president, so I felt like it was a waste of time at this point."
 
To be fair, later in the rally, Trump began to talk about his policy ideas.
 
"Hillary Clinton is a disaster. She's going to be beaten.  She's a disaster.   Don't forget her and Obama helped get us into this mess with migration.  Her was lets go into Libya, lets; go she doesn't know what the hell she's doing, she wakes up in the morning I will not say she puts on her pants suits because that's what she does.  I'm not going to say it.  I'm not saying it!" said Trump.
 
Loretta was one of a handful of people who left early voicing similar concerns.