Donald Trump rallies with crowd of more than 5,000 in Knoxville, protesters show up outside rally

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KNOXVILLE, TN (WJHL) – The deadly attacks in Paris became a big topic in Donald Trump’s stop to East Tennessee. Thousands packed into the Knoxville Convention Center Monday night to see the front runner in the race for the republican nomination.

Donald Trump courted votes in the republican stronghold of East Tennessee. The presidential candidate said the Paris attacks point to the need for law abiding citizens to have access to guns of their own.

On one side of the street you have Donald Trump supporters fresh out of his big rally in downtown Knoxville and on the other side of the street people who are against Donald Trump, its safe to say that here tonight in downtown Knoxville Donald Trump has caused quite a stir.

Even before Donald Trump took to the stage before a packed house Monday night. Protesters and supporters rallied outside of the Knoxville Convention Center.

Inside, Trump focused on current events. Including recent terror attacks in Paris. he says if people had weapons to defend themselves things would have been different.

“If you had 25 people in there who had guns, it would have been a totally different story folks. there would have been a shootout at the  OK coral.”

The Republican front runner said Paris proves a point he’s made for months. It’s time to get strong and get serious about immigration control.

“We are going to have borders, we are going to have a country again. right now we don’t have a country people are coming in pouring in including from that part of the world, they are pouring through our Southern border.”

It was a packed house here tonight more than 5,000 people poured inside the convention center to see Donald Trump, some even saying this is the largest turnout on the campaign trail so far.

“There was no parking, it was awesome, it was really good i was really really glad he had such a good turnout,” Lana Hughes said.

Xavier Pressley has a different opinion.

“He’s not for real because if he was for real he would be saying some real things about what he is really behind,” Pressley said.

Most recent polls show Donald Trump maintaining a lead over Dr. Ben Carson.Copyright 2015 WJHL. All rights reserved.

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