WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump said the fact that so many people needed to be turned away from entering Trask Coliseum for his speech Tuesday in Wilmington was a sign that a movement is underway.
Thousands showed up, but the coliseum quickly filled up, leaving many people without the opportunity to see the candidate in person. Accompanied by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani on his visit to the Port City, Trump said he felt bad that more people couldn't get inside for the rally.
During his hour long speech, Trump touched on many base issues, but also discussed a hot button issue in North Carolina right now -- voter ID.
"Why aren't we having voter ID?" Trump asked during his address.
Trump reserved much of his speech for criticism of Democrat Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton, saying she has lied to the American people and cost this country during her public career.
"It's one thing to make bad decisions," Trump said. "It's another thing to be wacky and make bad decisions."
Trump said he would help the environment, but not at the expense of the economy as president.
"We want clean air. We want clean water. But to do that, you don't have to destroy our country and destroy our businesses," Trump said.
There was only minimal interruption in Tuesday's rally, compared to recent public events. Only one disturbance resulted in the ejection of protesters, but even that was quickly handled, according to Trump.
"I like the Hillary protesters. They're so quiet," Trump said.
In his introductory speech, Giuliani acknowledged the overflow crowd as "unbelievable", while trying to temper chants from those inside to "lock her up" in reference to Clinton.
"We want to beat her and keep her out of Washington," Rudy Giuliani said.
Many people were unable to make it inside the venue for Tuesday's rally, with the coliseum filling up shortly before the main speakers took the stage.
The early birds were greeted hits from artists like Elton John and The Rolling Stones blasting over Trask Coliseum's speakers.
The upper decks quickly started filling up first, with those wanting an up-close view making their way to the ground floor.
Disabled veteran Jim Halstead got in line at 7 a.m. to make sure he got a good spot.
"I want to hear [Trump] plan out his plan for the government, for the military, for the veterans, for the homeless in this country," Halstead explained. "Give me your economic plan, give me the facts. You're a great business man, now make America a great business."
At the conclusion of his speech, Trump promised the crowd he'd be back very soon.