Donald Trump's Rally in Wilmington, NC: Highlights from WHQR

Aug 9, 2016

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump held a rally today at Wilmington, North Carolina, where he emphasized the next president’s role in the future of the Supreme Court.

Donald Trump said that the next president could appoint as many as five Supreme Court justices.  He said gun rights are on the line:

"Hillary wants to abolish, essentially abolish the Second Amendment.  By the way, and if she gets to pick, if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks.  Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know."

It’s not clear what Donald Trump meant, and he did not elaborate on his comment. 

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The state of North Carolina is currently embroiled in separate federal lawsuits due to its voter ID law and HB2, which has come to be known as the bathroom bill. At today's Trump rally at the University of North Carolina - Wilmington, Governor Pat McCrory addressed both points. 

Speaking before Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump took the stage, Governor Pat McCrory addressed the large crowd of about five thousand. He said he wanted everyone to be careful and gave directions:

McCrory: "The fire exits are this way and this way and this way."

Member of the audience: "Where are the bathrooms?"

McCrory: "The concession stands for water are back here and back here."

Member of the audience: "Where's the bathrooms?"

McCrory: "Alright, the bathrooms--" [CROWD CHEERS]. "Political correctness run amuck."

McCrory pulled back from lighthearted HB2 jokes to address North Carolina's voter ID law, which a federal appeals court recently struck down:

"I do have an announcement today that's important to North Carolina and also important our nation. And it is, I hope tomorrow to officially request that Chief Justice John Roberts reinstate the right for photo ID in our next election in the state of North Carolina."

McCrory went on to say that Roy Cooper is "attorney general in name alone." Cooper is challenging McCrory in the upcoming gubernatorial election, a race that's being closely watched nationally. 

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During his rally in Wilmington, North Carolina, Donald Trump came out in support of North Carolina’s voter ID regulations, which a federal court recently struck down due to “racially discriminatory intent.” 

He said the lack of voter ID requirements could affect the upcoming presidential elections:

“What’s with voter ID?  Why aren’t we having voter ID?  In other words, ‘I want to vote, here’s my identification.  I want to vote.’  As opposed to somebody coming up and voting fifteen times for Hillary.  And I will not tell you to vote fifteen times.  I will not tell you to do that, okay?  You won’t vote fifteen times, but people will, they’ll vote many times.”

At the rally, Governor Pat McCrory said he would soon request that Chief Justice John Roberts reinstate the voter ID requirements.