Donald Trump made a fashionably late but energetic entrance in Clinton, Iowa on Saturday night, taking the podium after experiencing some delays due to weather and travel conditions.
“I want to tell you, that was a hell of a trip we just took!” he joked.
The crowd, which, was reportedly packed with around 2,000 people at Clinton Middle School, according to a source close to the Trump campaign, greeted the president energetically after eagerly anticipating his arrival. President Trump shared that his team had opted to take a smaller plane rather than his private plane from Newton, where he spoke earlier in the day, to Clinton.
The president facetiously remarked that “to save 15 minutes it took us a couple of hours because the little one didn’t work.”
As Trump took the stage, chants of “USA” accompanied him and he pumped his fist. He could feel the energy of Trump fans and people who want to go to the Iowa caucuses, which are coming up in a little over a week.
“Nine days from now the people of this state are going to cast the most important vote of your entire lives,” he declared.
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The president stressed the importance of caucusing in person and not relying on the comfortable and dominating polling numbers that he is currently holding in the state.
“We’ve got to send a message – we can’t be beaten, because if we are beaten, we’re not going to have a country,” he said.
President Trump also slammed the corruption of his political opponents, remarking, “They call it lawfare, I call it warfare.”
He concluded, “So, GET OUT AND VOTE, don’t listen to the polls!”