Trump, Hannity hold town hall in Phoenix

Posted at 2:33 PM, Mar 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-19 22:37:57-04

Donald Trump kicked off his Saturday with a stop at the Phoenix Convention Center to hold a town hall alongside FOX News and Sean Hannity.

The event, which will air at a later date, drew a crowd of roughly a thousand people.

Some of the Donald's devotees even camped out since Friday night, like one man who told ABC15 he had been there since 6 p.m. Friday.

Others like Scott Blevins, who is a farmer in Pinal Co., were anxious to hear about the GOP front-runner's stance on immigration. 

"It's time to be tough, time to secure the borders and time to the support the laws already in effect," he explains.

About half the people attending today's event were women, a group Trump has been accused of insulting and alienating.

While some told us they didn't entirely agree with the things that Trump says, most said he would be supportive of women if he were to be elected Commander in Chief.

"Women love him!" explained Peggy Steele from Phoenix, who recently began supporting Trump. "Yeah! Chicks for Trump! Women do like him -- smart women."

But not everyone gave Trump such a warm welcome.

Alongside the Convention Center steps stood a group of roughly 50 protestors, vowing to make sure their voices were heard, but also wanting to remain peaceful.

Thousands of protesters also lined the streets in Fountain Hills ahead of Trump's scheduled 11 a.m. rally.

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Demonstrators chanted "Stop the hate" at as MCSO Sheriff Joe Arpaio introduced Trump at the rally. The protesters were booed and jeered as they made their way through the crowd as a large group of officers with Arpaio's office made their way toward them

"The more decisive Trump speaks, the more anger and hatred we see play out across the country," explains Jill Lopez of Mesa.