To the delight of a big crowd of supporters, Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump brought his campaign to Warwick on Monday
, excoriating the media and slamming rival GOP candidates John Kasich and Ted Cruz, while vowing to bring jobs and prosperity to America if he lands in the White House.
"We are going to change things around, and that's going to be good for everybody," Trump said while addressing more than 1,000 people in a tent outside the Crowne Plaza in Warwick.
Trump offered red meat to his supporters, characterizing reporters as "the most dishonest people in the world," and lambasting a new strategic alliance between the Cruz and Kasich campaigns as evidence of what's wrong with politics.
"Because it’s a rigged system, because it’s a corrupt enterprise, in politics, you’re allowed to collude, so they colluded, and actually, I was happy, because it shows how weak they are, it shows how pathetic they are," Trump said.
Trump's honorary RI chairman, state Rep. Joe Trillo, was unable to provide an estimate for the crowd size, although he said large numbers of people were turned away.
Trump is the GOP front-runner in two separate polls. Brown University shows him with 38 percent of the vote, compared with 25 percent for Kasich, 14 percent for Cruz, and 17 percent undecided. Public Policy Polling shows Trump with a more commanding 61 percent of the vote.
The businessman-turned-candidate repeated many familiar lines from his campaign. He pledged to tighten immigration by building a wall on the Mexican border; improve the US trade balance by renegotiating agreements; and to make Americans tired of winning.
“You may say, ‘please, please, we can’t take it any more, Mr. President. Please, please, don’t win any more, Mr. President.’ And you know what I’m going to say? I’m sorry, we’re going to keep winning. We’re going to make up for lost time,” Trump said.
Trump delighted his audience by twitting his rivals, making fun of how Kasich eats and how he has barely won any presidential primaries. He repeatedly referred to his other rival as "Lyin' Ted Cruz."
A few clusters of protesters were periodically ejected from the rally.