At the Trump rally in Fayetteville the candidate promised to bring jobs back and keep businesses from moving overseas. He mentioned the air-conditioning manufacturer Carrier in particular, which announced in February it was phasing out 1,400 jobs in Indiana to move operations to Mexico. Trump said he would get tariffs enacted on any Carrier product coming back to the U.S.
Trump praised waterboarding, said the the country has become weak on protestors, and autographed a poster showing a fictional “TrumpWall” at the Mexican border. Trump boasted of his conservative endorsements, such as Jerry Falwell, Jr., the president of Liberty University, and controversial sheriff Joe Arpaio in New Mexico.
The Trump rally attracted national attention when a man was charged for throwing an elbow to the face of a protestor, who was being led out peacefully by sheriff’s deputies. Trump could hardly complete a thought at the rally, because of frequent interruptions when supporters would demand ouster of the mostly-silent demonstrators. Trump himself would get distracted and heckle these opponents.
Outside the Crown Coliseum after the event, Trump supporters lingered to heckle protestors in the parking lot. Fayetteville City Police formed a line to keep the parties from physical contact. The Coliseum has a capacity of about 8,500. The small protest could be attributed to local colleges being on Spring Break.