Election 2016

Donald Trump Attends Houston Fundraiser, Rally In The Woodlands

A strong police presence ensured protesters didn’t clash with supporters of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

Donald Trump speaking at CPAC 2011 in Washington, D.C.
Donald Trump speaking at CPAC 2011 in Washington, D.C.

Trump arrived about 40 minutes late at the Woodlands Waterway Convention Center to the Texas’ national anthem, “Deep in the Heart of Texas.”

Houston Public Media's Coverage of Election 2016

Houston Public Media's Coverage of Election 2016

During his 45-minute long speech, Trump touched on his usual talking points, including building a wall on the border to Mexico, terrorism, free trade and gun control.

He also talked about the mass shooting in an Orlando gay club and criticized Hillary Clinton by saying she supports immigration from Middle Eastern countries.

“Many of these countries, they want to kill gays and they enslave women,” Trump said. “And Hillary Clinton wants them pouring in. You tell me, who’s better for gays, who is better? Tell me. Who is better for women?”

Jim Dunn, who lives in the Woodlands, said he liked the speech.

“He’s for everybody and that’s what I was here to hear and that’s what I heard,” he said. “I love Trump.”

Members of the Brown Berets of Houston hold up signs on the sidewalk outside of Trump's fundraiser.
Members of the Brown Berets of Houston hold up signs on the sidewalk outside of Trump’s fundraiser.

There were several protesters outside the building but if any made it inside, they didn’t make an impact. After the rally, some protesters exchanged words with Trump supporters but the strong police presence ensured it didn’t go any further than that.

Just before the rally, Trump spent about an hour at the River Oaks home of attorney Tony Buzbee, where supporters paid thousands of dollars to meet him and pose for pictures.

A large paper mache pinata overlooks the sidewalk where protesters are gathered.
A large paper mache pinata overlooks the sidewalk where protesters are gathered.

Across the street, dozens of protesters endured the heat to chant and wave signs. Many objected to Trump’s statements about Mexican immigrants – which have been labeled racist by some. They also brought along a large piñata – Trump’s head with devil horns.

Activist Victor Ibarra said he wants supporters of the presumptive GOP nominee to know that immigrants are not criminals.

“We are just workers,” he said. “Independent workers, some of us. Some work for somebody. We work for ourselves and our families. And that’s what we do here in the United States.”

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