10/8/15, Donald Trump speaks to crowd in Las Vegas, RealDonaldJTrump Instagram
10/8/15, "Crowd gathers to hear Trump speech in Las Vegas," Las Vegas Sun, by Scott Lucas, Megan Messerly, Kyle Roerink
"With some gathering as early as 4 a.m., a crowd of hundreds of
supporters gathered at the Mystere Theater at Treasure Island on the Las
Vegas Strip to hear Republican frontrunner Donald Trump deliver a
speech in what The New York Times
is calling a “High Noon Out West” showdown between Trump and Florida
Senator Marco Rubio, both of whom are in town today in campaign
Standing in line
to see Trump, Stan Vaughn, a Republican candidate for the state
Assembly, said that Trump was “the only one who can create jobs for 95
million Americans.” One Las Vegas business student echoed the
sentiments, saying, “Trump is the most trustworthy and honest
Several Latino supporters were present in the crowd.
Colombian immigrant Myriam Witcher praised the real estate mogul’s
opposition to illegal immigration, saying, “He needs to send illegal
(immigrants) out of the country. I came here legally.” She added that
since she had waited five years to receive a visa that other immigrants
ought to wait as well.
“I’m Hispanic, Latina and I love me some Trump,” she said. “He’s the perfect man, a businessman.”
like what Trump says about securing the borders,” said Paul Rodriguez
Jr. of Apple Valley, California, who described himself as “an American
first, of Mexican descent.” He is the coordinator of America First
Latinos, a group organized by the Remembrance Project,
which describes itself as honoring “Americans who have been killed by
illegal aliens.” Rodriguez, a retired grocery warehouse worker, added,
“the thing I like about Donald Trump is he’s not a professional
politician. Obama has destroyed our country.”
Ellie Richel from
Henderson protested the notion that Trump supporters were unintelligent.
She said she had two degrees — one in business and one in dental
hygiene. She said she would be caucusing for Trump because of his
proposal to put up a wall between the United States and Mexico. Rubio,
she said, was too “establishment” for her.
Trump is scheduled to
speak at noon today in Nevada, a critical early-voting state in the
Republican nomination. His appearance comes on the same day that Rubio
will begin a three-day campaign swing here, beginning this evening with
an appearance at Sun City Summerlin.
The rival events highlight the stark contrasts
between the two candidates. Trump will be speaking in a room that
houses a Cirque du Soliel show — and seats over 1,500. Rubio will take a
more conventional approach, speaking at a retirement community, a happy
hour at the Havana Grill in Las Vegas and in Boulder City. He’s also
meeting with donors today in what has been billed the “Quarter Four
Caption for both images: "Supporters get pumped up several hours before Republican Presidential
candidate Donald Trump makes a stop in Las Vegas again speaking in
Mystere at Treasure Island." Las Vegas Sun
AP and Las Vegas Review-Journal reports on Trump rally:
10/8/15, "Donald Trump appears in Vegas for campaign rally," AP, Las Vegas
"Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump is getting laughs,
cheers and signing magazine covers at a rowdy campaign rally inside a
Las Vegas theater.
The audience inside the packed 1,620-seat
theater inside the Treasure Island casino-hotel reacted excitedly to
Trump's criticism of media coverage, fellow presidential candidates and
today's announcement Republican Congressman Kevin McCarthy had dropped
out of a race to lead the U.S. House of Representatives.
nearly hour-long rally spanned Trump's insistence he would create jobs,
foreign relations, Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton and several
The Treasure Island is owned by friend and business
partner Phil Ruffin whose introduction of Trump was interrupted by
applause when the candidate entered the theater usually reserved for
Cirque du Soleil performances
The two own the Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas."
"Republican presidential race front-runner Donald Trump came to Las Vegas on Thursday, filling a 1,600-seat theater at TI.
billionaire businessman and longtime real estate mogul told the crowd
there was a waiting list for the event, which filled up.
"They didn't get the good real estate," Trump said, noting that others wanted in. "You got the good real estate."
is leading the polls, tapping into an anti-establishment fervor that
favors other candidates without elected experience, including retired
neurosurgeon Ben Carson.
The GOP has a crowded field of 15
candidates. Nevada, with February caucuses, is an early-voting state
that is a key indicator of determining who gets the Republican and
Another Republican presidential hopeful, U.S. Sen. Marco of Florida, has an event in Las Vegas at 5:30 p.m. today."