President Trump rallies supporters at ECU campaign stop

Published: Jul. 17, 2019 at 5:36 AM EDT
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President Donald Trump rallied supporters for more than 90 minutes in Greenville tonight.

The president took the stage around 7:25 p.m. ahead of remarks by Vice President Mike Pence. He finished just before 9:00 p.m.

Before a packed Minges Colesium, Trump thanked his supporters for allowing him to carry North Carolina in 2016 and asked them to do the same in next year's election.

The president called a vote in the House this afternoon to derail an impeachment effort "a slaughter".

The House killed by a 332-95 vote a proposal by Texas Congressman Al Green to impeach Trump over his racial insults against four congresswomen of color.

"Many of those people were Democrats and I want to thank them because they did the right thing for our country," said the president.

It was the third time the Houston lawmaker has forced the House to vote on removing Trump.

The crowd at Minges chanted "send her back" when Trump criticized Rep. Ilhan Omar for remarks that he said she made about al Qaeda.

Trump introduced Dr. Greg Murphy, who won last week's GOP runoff against Dr. Joan Perry. "The Third District is not going to elect another 'Pelosi' congressman," said Murphy. "Go out and get Greg elected," Trump told his supporters.

Murphy will face former Greenville mayor Allen Thomas in the September election to fill the late Congressman Walter Jones' seat.

The president wrapped up the rally by telling the crowd that the 2020 election "is about your family, it's about your future."

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Minges Coliseum is starting to full up as thousands of people braved the heat and lined up outside for their chance to see President Donald Trump this evening.

The president is expected to speak tonight at 7 p.m. during a campaign rally.

ECU police Captain Chris Sutton says they are still expecting the arena to be at full capacity.

A heat advisory will be in effect until 7 p.m. so those who spent hours in line were told to drink plenty of water, wear light clothing and to use plenty of sunblock.

By 2:00 p.m., ten people in line had been treated for the heat by paramedics. One of those was sent to the hospital, according to officials.

Doors for the event opened at 4:00 p.m.

The following items are not allowed inside:

• Backpacks and bags exceeding size restrictions – no larger than 10”x10”x10”

• Firearms/Weapons of any kind

• Ammunition

• Animals other than service/guide animals

• Balloons

• Coolers

• Bicycles

• Drones and other unmanned aircraft systems

• Explosives

• Glass, thermal or metal containers

• Laser pointers

• Mace/pepper spray

• Packages

• Selfie sticks

• Signs/banners (any size)

• Flag poles

• Structures

• Supports for signs and placards

• Toy guns/weapons

WITN will carry the rally live on 7.2, which is channel 138 on Suddenlink, channel 1215 on Spectrum; channel 10 on Tri-County, channel 68 on Nfinitylink and channel 5 on Mediacom.

The event will also be streamed live on

as well on WITN's