In his largest campaign event since joining the presidential race, GOP frontrunner Donald Trump addressed thousands of supporters Friday at the Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama.
The real estate mogul-turned-politician stirred up the right-leaning crowd by name-checking the news networks covering the event.
“Who here likes Fox? I like Fox,” he said to wide cheers in the 43,000-seat stadium, which was roughly half full.
“CNN?… ” he then asked, to scattered boos. “MSNBC?” he concluded, as the boos and catcalls grew progressively louder.
The rally was moved to the venue from the nearby Civic Center at the last minute to accommodate the swell of interest in the unlikely presidential contender. Though exact attendance figures were hard to determine, Trump acknowledged the size of the crowd — as well as the support he has received in the polls.
“We’ve gotten an amazing reception,” said Trump, who appeared on stage dressed in a Navy blue jacket, a white shirt, and his ubiquitous “Make America Great Again” red baseball cap. “Has this been crazy? Man!”
Trump wasted no time in bashing presidential rivals Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush while also plugging his 1987 book, “The Art of the Deal.”
“We have politicians that don’t have a clue,” said Trump, reminding his supporters that he’s still leading the polls in many states, including Bush’s home state of Florida. “They’re all talk, no action. What’s happening to this country is disgraceful.”
In a far-ranging, approximately 40-minute speech, Trump focused heavily on illegal immigration from Mexico, telling the cheering crowd, “We’re going to build a wall.”
He also touched on other global issues in a typically plain-spoken language that has won him widespread support in recent weeks. “Right now we have a problem — North Korea is getting frisky,” he said at one point.
Among those attending the rally were two of Trump’s children, Ivanka and Eric.
The GOP frontrunner flew by the stadium in his private jet shortly before 6 p.m. CT, making a loop around the arena before finally touching ground.