Speaking to crowd of thousands in Oklahoma City on Friday night, Donald Trump received huge applause while going through a list of his greatest campaign hits on his third formal visit to Oklahoma.
The entrepreneur and real estate mogul turned GOP front runner reiterated his plan to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and make the country of Mexico pay for the building costs. Trump doubled-down on his stance to bring back waterboarding and even said he was “fine” with “going two or three steps above it.”
Trumps call to bring back “extraordinary rendition” and torture to U.S. war tactics has been panned by the Left and some prominent Republicans including Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War. But Trumps comments have also garnered widespread support among conservatives.
Trump also criticized national trade deals with foreign companies like Mexico and China. Trump has made criticizing the economic policies of the Obama administration and establishment Republicans.
“Our leaders are real dummies folks,” Trump said at one point. The comment was followed by applause that seemed to shake the Cox Convention Center he was speaking in.
After being introduced by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who endorsed Trump Friday morning, Trump talked for nearly an hour and a half. He stopped at one point to kick out a protester whose shirt read "KKK endorses Trump."
The protester was referencing the public support of David Duke. Duke was a leader in the Klu Klux Klan and said he supported Trump’s race for the White House, but stopped short of a formal announcement. Duke’s endorsement comes after recordings of messages to vote for Trump were left by white nationalists on the answering machines of voters in Iowa and New Hampshire.
But what got some of the biggest cheers of the night was Trump on the offensive. He continued his attacks on Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio who trail Trump by 5 and 9 points, respectively, in Oklahoma according to the latest News9/SoonerPoll poll.
“"He defrauded Florida when you think about it he runs and he never shows up!" Trump said about Rubio. Trump is currently leading the polls in Rubio’s home state of Florida.
During Rubio's stop just three hours before he called out the GOP front-Runner in no uncertain terms.
Rubio read tweets from Trump’s account and questioned his values. He will be back in the Sooner State on Monday just one day away from Super Tuesday, according to a campaign staff member,
“I will never stop until we keep a con-man from taking over the party of Reagan,” Rubio said.
Senator Ted Cruz will also be making appearances in Oklahoma. He is set to be in Tulsa on Sunday afternoon around 1p.m. before heading to an event paid for by the Keep The Promise political action committee. That event is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. and will be hosted by conservative television and radio host Glenn Beck who endorsed Cruz last week.
News 9 will carry his speech in Oklahoma City on KSBI and News9.com