Trump visits UW-Eau Claire in final campaign push

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Trump supporter Randall Thom stands with a “Make America Great Again” flag outside Zorn Arena.

By Bree Meier 

Presidential hopeful Donald Trump visited UW-Eau Claire Tuesday, just one week before the national

Randall Thom with a “Make America Great Again” flag outside Zorn Arena. © 2016  Bree Meier 

election. Supporters and protesters alike combined for a crowd of about 5,000 people who gathered outside Zorn Arena.

Some arrived as early as 7:30 a.m. for Trump’s speech scheduled at 6 p.m.

Campus parking lots overflowed with supporters from as far away as Minnesota and Iowa. Vendors selling Trump memorabilia set up just off campus. Students navigated a long line that stretched from Zorn Arena past Schofield Hall and McIntyre Library and up the Garfield Avenue Hill on their way to classes.

By early afternoon campus police cordoned off sidewalks and portions of Garfield Avenue to control the crowds.

Marcos Quinn stands with Trump supporters at his first Trump rally.
Marcos Quinn stands with Trump supporters at his first Trump rally. © 2016 Bree Meier