Trump supporters, opponents get loud ahead of Eau Claire rally

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WBAY) – Donald Trump is once again rallying his support here in Wisconsin, just one week before election day.

Trump spoke for about an hour at Zorne Arena at UW-Eau Claire. He was joined by Gov. Scott Walker and, for the first time, Sen. Ron Johnson.

Experts say during the final week of campaigning, a nominee’s time is precious and is usually spent in battleground states where it’s a tight race. In the latest Wisconsin polls, an average Trump continues to trail Hillary Clinton by about 5 points.

But for the Republican presidential nominee, this is all about encouraging his supporters to get to the polls on Tuesday.

“I’m asking for your vote so we can replace Obamacare and save health care for every family in Wisconsin,” he said.

He told them he is the better candidate when it comes to many different issues.

“We will rebuild our military.”

“We are going to provide school choice and put an end Common Core.”

But one that this crowd seemed very passionate about was national security.

“We will suspend the Syrian refugee program, we have no clue. And we will keep radical Islamic terrorists the hell out of our country.”

Trump supporters line up for rally
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Along with defending America’s borders, he says he will secure them, as well.

“We’re not playing games. Yes, we will build that wall,” he said, and the crowd erupted in cheers and chants.

Trump made it very clear throughout his speech this stop in Eau Claire wasn’t just for supporters but to encourage all Americans to vote for him next Tuesday.

“This is a message for any Democratic voter who have already cast their ballots for Hillary Clinton and who are having a bad case of buyer’s remorse. In other words, you want to change your vote. Wisconsin is one of several states where you can change your early ballot if you think you’ve made a mistake.”

In the latest Wisconsin polls, Donald trump trails Hillary Clinton by about 5 percent when it comes to likely voters, but he is hoping his stop in Wisconsin Tuesday night changes that.

Outside, a long line of Trump supporters were pretty loud as they were waiting to go through security checks. They were cheering, chanting, singing and waving signs.

There was also a pretty good show of protesters outside, waving signs and chanting as well.

Trump protesters outside Eau Claire rally
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“We are not here to just run around and do nothing — we have better things to do with our lives — but we believe in this country, and we are here fighting for our country, and we believe Trump is the man who will make America great again,” Trump supporter Connie Elliott said.

“I think Trump is the wrong choice because he has been spreading a lot of hate, and I guess one of the things that’s great about America is that we are really diverse a lot of the time and I think that is something we should encourage instead of using it to separate us,” protester David Edwardson said.

We’re told the venue holds about 3,500 people, and it looked like the crowd was packed in.

Sen. Ron Johnson campaigned with Trump in Wisconsin for the first time.

The Republican incumbent senator has been keeping his distance from Trump, even though he does support him. Johnson had never appeared with Trump during any of his four previous general election campaign stops in Wisconsin. Johnson has condemned Trump at times during the campaign but never revoked his support. Johnson is in a tough re-election battle with Democratic former Sen. Russ Feingold.

Gov. Scott Walker introduced the Republican presidential nominee, marking the second time he appeared with Trump in the state.

House Speaker Paul Ryan has not campaigned with Trump and did not attend the event.