Trump talks immigration, ISIS in Valley rally

Posted at 8:29 AM, Jun 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-19 08:47:00-04

Donald Trump's Arizona visit featured a fundraiser at a Paradise Valley home and a rally in Phoenix at the state fairgrounds. 

His last visit to the Grand Canyon State, back in March, erupted in chaos as protestors blocked roads in Fountain Hills and clashed with supporters.

Protests this time around were much more subdued, and those both for and against the candidate started gathering well before his plane touched down at Sky Harbor International Airport.

Some supporters of the Republican presidential candidate showed up before 7 a.m. at the site of the rally. 

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"We just want to come out and get in line so we don't have to fight the crowds and the protesters," Scott Goda said. 

Brittany Palmer said she wants "to shake the man's hand" and is hoping to stand in the front row, hence why she showed up hours before the gates open. 

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Trump’s Saturday agenda started with a stop at Treasure Island Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas at 11 a.m. before he flew south to Phoenix.

Trump traveled from the airport to a fundraiser at a Paradise Valley home.

According to the invitation, the cost to attendees was $2,700 per person. Photo opportunities cost $10,000 per person.

Several speakers took the podium at Veterans Memorial Coliseum before Trump spoke, including Arizona State Treasurer Jeff DeWitt, former governor Jan Brewer and Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Trump's speech touched on many of the topics he has brought up at rallies around the country, including his dedication to build a wall along the U.S border if elected, protecting the Second Amendment and what he sees as the desires of the American people.

"They want to see a strong military," Trump said. "They want to see a strong border. They want to see people coming into this country that love us, not hate us."

Trump also repeated a promise to 'destroy' the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL. 

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Trump's speech wrapped up around 5:15 p.m., and the rally broke up without major incident between supporters and protesters.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety and Phoenix Police Department said there were heated words exchanged between the two groups, but the confrontations did not escalate further. One supporter was ejected from the rally before it began for wearing a T-shirt with profanity denouncing Islam.