Trump: 'If I were in office right now, Carrier would not be leaving Indiana'

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Donald Trump spoke to supporters in Indianapolis Wednesday afternoon for a campaign rally, ahead of Indiana's May 3 primary.

"The Hoosiers! This is so great. I wasn't supposed to be here today. I was supposed to be here in two weeks, but I had to come early," Trump told the cheering crowd.

He talked about his victory in the New York primary before encouraging security to escort some protesters out.

"It never ends. Get him out. Don't hurt him, of course," he said. "Wise guy, yeah, that's right. Bernie's gone. You know that, don't you? Bernie's gone. I love running against crooked Hillary! Bernie wouldn't be as much fun."

Trump quickly switched back to a discussion about the New York primary, noting his strong victory in that state against Ted Cruz and John Kasich. He also took an early swipe at Cruz, saying, "In the case of lyin' Ted Cruz - lyin' Ted, oh, he lies - he brings the Bible, holds it high, puts it down, lies, and you know the evangelicals, they've been supporting Donald Trump. It's been great. We've won a lot."

"You're looking at a situation in our country where our jobs are being ripped out of our states...like candy from a baby. They're going to Mexico, they're goin all over. China has been doing numbers on us...I don't mind China. They have been doing numbers on us for years," said Trump, saying that the trade deficit between the U.S. and China is unsustainable.

He revisited a common theme: that the U.S. is getting a raw deal.

"When you're losing the kind of money we do on trade, when we're defending the world on military and paying for it, and don't get the respect, don't get the proper treatment, don't get anything, you look at what happens with these countries we take care of? It's absolutely horrible," Trump said.

He said he would want to charge Carrier Corp. and other companies that outsource jobs "a nice 35 percent tax" to bring products made by those outsourced jobs back into the U.S. He also said that while critics have said he doesn't support free trade, "I want smart trade."

He later added that, "If I were in office right now, Carrier would not be leaving Indiana."

"We're losing our shirts on every single thing we do [military, trade], and we're going to stop it, okay? We're going to stop it," he continued.

"We don't want to be the stupid people anymore. We don't want to be the people that haven't had an effective wage increase in 20 years."

During his talk about trade and immigration, the crowd started chanting, "Build that wall! Build that wall!"

Trump also took a few quick shots at the media, calling them "the most dishonest people in the world. I mean, like 75-80 percent."

TRUMP: Do we like the media?
CROWD: NO!!!
TRUMP: Do we hate the media?
CROWD: YES!!!

He then briefly turned to the political establishment, calling the primary/delegate system "a rigged, crooked system so the bosses can pick whoever they want."

Trump spent more time on the military, saying at one point, "I'd never use the words that our country is going to die, but it's going to be a very different place" if we don't give better support to the military.

He also renewed his support for waterboarding, saying that laws should be "strengthened" to allow it. He later voiced disapproval for how America got out of Iraq, adding, "We should've kept the damn oil."

Trump wrapped up his nearly hour-long rally with one last call to "make America great again."

He then immediately headed out for Berlin, Maryland, where he had an event scheduled less than three hours later.

Security beefed up

Security at the fairgrounds was tightened all day with the Secret Service taking lead, helped by Indiana State Police.

"The logistics of this have been a bit tricky for us, because we found out less than 48 hours ago that this was a confirmed event," Sgt. John Perrine with the Indiana State Police said before Trump arrived. "Fortunately for us, we have great partners with IMPD. We've been working very closely with the Secret Service and we have manpower and plans in place in case we're needed. However, you won't see a large presence of the State Police on the State Fairgrounds today, so long as people exercise their right to assemble peacefully."

That security was needed after the event. After a peaceful - though sometimes contentious - rally, troopers had to break up a fight outside as supporters and protesters crossed paths in the parking lot.

Our reporters on the scene estimated a few thousand supporters inside and a couple hundred protesters lined up outside. It wasn't quite as full as it could have been though, as we found some Hoosiers on Facebook saying they'd requested the maximum two tickets per person, but as a silent protest, didn't attend.

Security has been a concern at recent Trump rallies in other states.

A person tried to rush the stage during Trump's speech in Dayton. In Chicago, Trump called off an event for security concerns. Crowds have fought at other events.

"Even though we're leading by a lot and we can't be caught, it's impossible to catch us, nobody should take delegates and claim victory unless they get those delegates with voters and voting and that's what's going to happen," Trump said in his victory speech in New York City. "We're going to end at a very high level and get a lot more delegates than anybody projected in their wildest imaginations, so I just want to thank everybody here, I want to thank my family."

Ready to rally

Jeremie Feeback from Connersville and his two brothers were the first to arrive at the State Fairgrounds around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Feeback said they wanted to make sure they got a good spot in line.

"We went to the Dayton rally and we ended up about fourth in line there," he said. "We'll probably just hang out a little bit, watch some tv in the van here."

People started lining up at 8:15 a.m.

We spoke to some supporters as they filed into the building when doors opened at noon.

A woman from Mooresville told WTHR, "I like him because he's straight and because he's gonna fix our borders, which we need."

"I think really for our generations to come and our children's children, I think it's really important that we make a country that's not only safe, but one where we can prosper and that's really all about taking back our jobs from foreign countries and stop making all these stupid trade deals, really making our country secure, eradicating ISIS. I really think Donald Trump has the capability to do that," said a supporter named Ashton.

"I like him because he has backbone. He's strong," said a woman.

"Straightforward, 100 percent, he calls it like he sees it and nobody owns him. Trump train all the way!" said another woman.

"We are so excited for today. Great opportunity to come out and see what Trump has," said another. "I don't know much about him yet. Coming out today to see what he is all about."

"I'm a veteran and I think he will do good things for veterans," James Coldard from Indianapolis stated.

Shows of support - or not

Despite his support for Carrier's employees who are about to be laid off, the union that represents those workers announced Tuesday it was endorsing Bernie Sanders for president.

Trump has, however, secured endorsements from border patrol agents and "Sheriff Joe" Arpaio from Arizona.

Before Wednesday's rally, the GOP frontrunner arrived at the Governor's Mansion to meet with Gov. Mike Pence. As expected, Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J., came as well. Pence has not yet endorsed any candidates in the presidential race.

What's next for Indiana

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, arrives in the Hoosier State on Thursday to speak at the the state GOP's Spring Dinner. His wife, Heidi, will take part in a meet-and-greet Friday in Martinsville and will speak with supporters and the Cruz campaign office from 1:45 - 3:15.

It was just confirmed Wednesday that Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio, will campaign in Indiana next Tuesday. Details of the visit aren't expected until this Thursday, but his state campaign team was announced, including Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard, who will act as one of four co-chairs. Former Congressman Dan Burton, State Sen. Jim Merritt and State Rep. Cindy Kirchhofer are among the more than a dozen people on the Kasich steering committee.