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Trump draws near capacity crowd to MS Coast Coliseum

GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump told the crowd in Biloxi, "I'll be the greatest jobs president that God ever sent to this planet." (Photo source: WLOX) GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump told the crowd in Biloxi, "I'll be the greatest jobs president that God ever sent to this planet." (Photo source: WLOX)
At 7pm, the crowd was still filling in seats inside the MS Coast Coliseum to hear Donald Trump. (Photo source: WLOX) At 7pm, the crowd was still filling in seats inside the MS Coast Coliseum to hear Donald Trump. (Photo source: WLOX)
Patrons line up to see Donald Trump speak Saturday at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum (Photo Source: WLOX) Patrons line up to see Donald Trump speak Saturday at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum (Photo Source: WLOX)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

It was a late Happy New Year celebration for Donald Trump fans: More than 13,000 supporters cheered for the Republican Party's presidential front runner's conservative message at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum Saturday.

It may have been a chilly night, but the reception was warm. Paulette Delcasale flew in from Atlanta to be in Biloxi for the rally; her 10th so far.  

“Not only do I hear him now, but I’m listening to what he has said over the past three or four decades,” Delcasale said. “He’s a little brazen about it now, of course, but the message is still the same.”

Delcasale says Trump's controversial remarks are taken out of context.

“The comments that are spread all over the news and social media, they are soundbites that belong in a larger picture of the message that he’s getting out," Delcasale noted. 

Trump said his deal is “to make all great deals for our country,” as he spoke on many hot-button issues, making promises that sent the crowd cheering with each proclamation.

"We are weak, we are soft and we are pathetic. It has to be stopped,” said Trump. "I'm going to build our military so powerful, so strong, we will never have to use it."

Saying he will “rebuild our country like never before,” Trump promised to "be the greatest jobs president that God ever sent to this planet."

It’s a message that resonates with Vincent Higginbotham of Ocean Springs, who made himself right at home during his wait in line before the event.

“Donald Trump can’t be bought,” Higginbotham said. “And the people that don’t like him want him to be politically correct and say all just the right things, but he doesn’t care about those people. He says what’s on his mind. He says the things that I have been thinking for years and years.”

“This will not be an election based on niceness; this will be an election based on competence,” Trump warned his supporters. “I'm a nice person, but I go wild when I see what's going on with our country.”

Berating the current administration for being “filled with political hacks,” Trump vowed to “make America great again.”

“We want change, not that phony Obama change,” said Trump, causing the crowd to resume chanting his name.

His supporters agreed that his bluntness is part of his charm.

“Well, he’s very different," said Paul's Pastry owner Sherri Thigpen. "He’s refreshing. He’s honest. He says all the things we want to say."

The cheering became even more prominent in the energy-filled arena when Trump mentioned his opponent, saying that “the last person Hillary Clinton wants to run against is me.”

“It’s not fair; she shouldn’t be allowed to run,” Trump exclaimed, referring to Clinton’s email scandal. “She should be in jail for what she did.”

Other issues that Trump addressed in his speech included vetoing any executive orders on gun control, taking back jobs from other countries, putting up a border wall along Mexico, and the country saving money by making smarter business decisions.

“People are so tired of incompetence and stupidity,” said Trump, urging everyone to get out and vote. “We are being outfoxed by the entire world.”

The upcoming election will be the first election to vote for 18-year-old Courtney Freeman.

“He speaks the truth. Speaks what I like to hear,” she said. “I feel like he can change this country. Make it better.”

Trump summed up his vision at the end of his speech, saying:

"We're going to get rid of ObamaCare. We're going to get something so good and so great. We're going to straighten out our borders. We're going to straighten out our military. We're going to take care of our vets. We are going to make our country better than ever before. We're bringing back our jobs. We're going to make something really special."

Trump's campaign staff said more than 13,000 tickets were requested for the event, and security estimates that just about that many attended.

Trump mentioned at the beginning of his speech that there was an overflow crowd who couldn't make it in that were watching from the convention center next door. However, Coliseum officials said that wasn't true, and the convention center was not needed, nor opened. 

Even with 13,000 supporters inside the Coliseum, groups of protesters gathered outside

Mississippi's presidential primary is March 8. Trump and other GOP candidates have until Jan. 15 to qualify for the primary.

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