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Trump promises to swing Va. voters his way in choppy stump speech

Posted at 11:34 PM, Jun 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-11 09:58:08-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Donald Trump addressed an estimated crowd of a few thousand on Friday night at the Richmond Coliseum; a venue that holds over 12,000. [REPLAY: Watch his entire Trump speech in the video above]

He didn't use a teleprompter, choosing to speak mostly off cuff, but still highlighting his usual stump speech.

Trump tried first to dive into politics, talking about how the country is playing dangerous games, "not so smart" games, but then he segued quickly into the promotion of his Trump Vineyard, bringing the manager up on stage briefly. He established his multiple business ties with the state.

Headed back into politics, he then referenced Gov. Terry McAuliffe's blanket order to restore voting rights to over 200,000 nonviolent felons who completed their sentences. So far, just over 5,000 of those ex-felons have signed up to vote.

Still Trump called for unity among state Republicans, and said that even though the polls look good, he's going to be here a lot.

"Do you mind," he said, "We're going to be here a lot."

"We love you, Virginia," he added.

He spoke a lot about "winning, winning and winning," referring to the 37 states he won -- 13 million votes in all -- trying to establish himself as separate of career politicians.

Also discussed was his plan to build a wall, "a great, great wall" because Mexico is "destroying us."

The crowd erupted in support over "the great wall, that will be a real wall ... a very tall wall, a very strong wall, a very powerful wall, a very beautiful wall, as beautiful as a wall as can be. But we are going to make it a beautiful wall. Some day maybe they will call it the Trump wall."

He skimmed over talking points about his opponent; attacking Clinton for jobs, questioning her criminal record, and then rallying the crowd with final slams over her proposed weapon reforms. Clinton has said she plans to "strengthen background checks and close dangerous loopholes in the current system."

He called on her security guards to get rid of their weapons to know what it was like to go without them.

He also emphasized the importance of the Supreme Court and speculates there will be three to five seats opening for the next president.

His entire speech can be listened to in the video player at the top of the story.

Though there were two main demonstrations against the presidential candidate, there were no real clashes throughout the night. A few skirmishes were quickly broken up. Richmond Police said a Trump supporter was arrested after they spit on some demonstrators.