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Trump Hits Familiar Themes, Confrontations In Louisville Stop

J. Tyler Franklin/WFPL News

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump stopped in Louisville on Tuesday to rally with supporters in advance of Kentucky’s GOP caucus Saturday. 

The event, at the Kentucky International Convention Center downtown, was rowdy and frequently interrupted by protesters. As is typical for his rallies, Trump ordered security to escort the protesters out of the building.

Trump’s speech hit on common themes of his candidacy, from his proposal to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border to his support for trade tariffs to discourage outsourcing by American companies.

He also had sharp criticism for Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton and his Republican rival, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, whom he called a “lightweight.”

Trump’s campaign stop took place on Super Tuesday, when 13 states and one territory hold primary and caucus elections. Kentucky’s Republican presidential caucus is Saturday.

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Ryland Barton is the Managing Editor for Collaboratives for Kentucky Public Radio, a group of public radio stations including WKMS, WFPL in Louisville, WEKU in Richmond and WKYU in Bowling Green. A native of Lexington, Ryland most recently served as the Capitol Reporter for Kentucky Public Radio. He has covered politics and state government for NPR member stations KWBU in Waco and KUT in Austin.
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