Republican frontrunner Donald Trump made a campaign stop in Syracuse on Saturday in the midst of a flurry of candidates vying for New York’s votes.
Trump appearances around the country have commanded large crowds, both for and against.
Trump reiterated the talking points that have become hallmarks of his campaign, including building a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico, which he says Mexico will pay for.
The Republican candidate also decried the flight of manufacturing jobs from the U.S. – a topic that strikes a chord with many Central New Yorkers.
Like most presidential candidates who’ve made their way through the Salt City in recent weeks, Trump took time out to praise the Syracuse University men’s basketball team and its recent Final Four appearance, as well as Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim.
“I love Syracuse,” Trump said.
Following on the heels of an appearance by Ted Cruz, Trump criticized his Republican opponent, saying he is a liar, who hates New York.
The billionaire also railed against the amount of money influencing politics, and emphasized that a Trump presidency would see to the end of ISIS.
Trump said, “We’re going to knock the hell out of ISIS,” and criticized President Obama for announcing to the public troops were being deployed to the Middle East, because Trump says ISIS will now be looking for them.
Trump also claimed his administration would challenge Obamacare and Common Core.
Trump rallies have routinely been marked by protesters being ejected, and his appearance in Syracuse was no different.
Multiple protesters who attended the rally were thrown out early on.
Demonstrators outside the building displayed signs protesting racism, fascism, and anti-gay bigotry.
Several thousand people reportedly attended the rally at the Oncenter.