Real estate mogul and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was scheduled to hold a campaign kickoff rally Tuesday in South Carolina. Trump was set to visit the Sun City Hilton Head's Magnolia Hall in Bluffton, which is between Savannah, Georgia, and Charleston, at 11 a.m. He'll speak at noon, the State reported.
The event was free but only open to Sun City residents. Watch it on CNN here or below:
People began lining up to see Trump at 7:30 a.m., according to a tweet from Jeff Tailon, the South Carolina political director for Trump's campaign. Also due to meet him there were members of the Lowcountry Immigration Coalition, which planned to hold a silent protest near Magnolia and Pinckney halls against Trump's recent comments on immigration. When he announced his campaign last month, Trump remarked: "Mexico sends its people. They’re not sending their best. ... They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people."
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The South Carolina kickoff event was initially scheduled for June 19, but Trump's campaign canceled the visit after the Charleston shooting that left nine churchgoers dead June 17, the Island Packet reported. "This is a time for healing, not politics," he said at the time.
Trump's visit now comes days after he told reporters Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., should not be recognized as a war hero for his time as a prisoner of war in Vietnam. Trump added, "I like people who weren’t captured.”
Among the most vocal critics of this sentiment was Republican South Carolina U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, who said Trump's statement on McCain showed Trump is a "jackass." "He’s bringing his name down and he’s not helping the process and he shouldn’t be commander in chief," Graham told CNN. "The world is literally falling apart … and all we’re talking about is Donald Trump."