[size=32]Live blog: Trump campaigns in Asheville today[/size]
5:55 p.m.: Trump takes the stage
Donald Trump brings his campaign to Asheville today. The Citizen-Times will be providing live updates throughout the day as people begin to gather for the rally and other news develops. Are you going to the rally? Are you already there? Send photos to me, Joe Castle, at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
State Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes was the master of ceremonies for speakers and singers – a trio from Burke County sang the national anthem – during the warmup for Trump’s remarks.
As the audience grew, attendees heard from a pastor from Concord, three local law enforcement officers and state Rep. Michele Presnell, R-Yancey.
In the General Assembly, “I’ve fought fed government overreach time and time again. Let me tell you, we don’t need four more years of Obama overreach,” Presnell said.
“We want our state’s rights back. We want our liberty back. We want Donald J. Trump to be the next president of the United states of America,” she said.
“We need a real leader, someone who has created jobs not chaos, someone who has built businesses, not distrust, someone who has stood up for the unborn and the elderly, someone who stands up for the Second Amendment,” Presnell said, drawing loud applause when she mentioned the Second Amendment.
Doors open at 3 p.m. for Donald Trump rally