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    Donald Trump’s Washington state visit: live updates

    Donald Trump’s Washington state visit: live updates

    Originally published May 7, 2016 at 10:49 am Updated May 7, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    Cathy Pelland, of Snohomish, puts her chair out near the fairgrounds entrance. (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)
    Dale Allen lives across the street from the Whatcom County Fairgrounds, and with a Segway was delivering water to people waiting in line. (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)

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    Cathy Pelland, of Snohomish, puts her chair out near the fairgrounds entrance. (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)

    Seattle Times reporters and photographers are in Lynden, Whatcom County, for Donald Trump's appearance at 3 p.m. By Seattle Times staff

    Seattle Times reporters and photographers are in Lynden for Donald Trump’s visit to Whatcom County. We will be providing live updates throughout the day, as we talk with supporters, protesters and cover Trump’s speech at the Northwest Washington Fair and Event Center.

    The presumptive GOP presidential nominee spoke in Spokane at noon. The Lynden rally is scheduled for 3 p.m.
    3 p.m. | Preparing for Trump’s arrival

    With the stage draped in Old Glory and “Born on the Bayou” blasting on the loudspeakers a crowd gathered for a rally for Trump for president settled in on bleachers to await their candidate. Some played a recording of a dog that barks “Trump,” others joined shouted chants of “USA! USA!”

    A perfect snow dome of Mount Baker loomed in the distance, serene above the scrum.

    — Reporter Lynda Mapes
    2:40 p.m. | Among Trump’s supporters, a Canadian and a toddler
    Clay Owen, of Ferndale, talks about why he supports Donald Trump.

    Peter Gigante, who is from Bellingham and does international trade, said he supports Trump mainly because of the candidate’s plans to improve “unfair” trading with China and secure the border.

    “To me, trade and immigration are absolutely vital for our longtime prosperity as a nation. They’ve been neglected for a long time,” he said.

    Holding a “Canadians for Trump” sign, John Hostetler of Victoria said he believes Trump stands for not only the future of the U.S. but the future of “western civilization.”

    “Trump has all the right enemies,” he said. “It’s not just the United States that needs Trump, the west needs Trump.”

    Fourteen-month-old Liberty donned a hat to block Saturday’s sun with the stitching, “Obama you’re fired! Trump 2016” as her father, Clay Owen of Ferndale, carried her in line. Saturday was the toddler’s first rally, he said, and she’s been helping get out the vote.

    “I think he’s (Trump) going to be strong for our economy, he’s going to lock down our borders, keep the illegal immigration and the drugs from coming into this country and he’s going to be strong for our vets,” Owen said.

    — Reporter Jessica Lee
    2:20 p.m. | A ‘lifelong Democrat for Trump’
    Brad Howard, of Bellingham, talks about the issues on which he agrees with Donald Trump.

    They stood in the hot sun for hours on black asphalt, eager to see the man many of them said was the first politician they had ever believed in.

    “This is my first political event. And I am a lifelong Democrat for Trump,” said Brad Howard, a Bellingham Realtor. “All my friends are voting for either Bernie Sanders or Donald Trump. We all want the same thing. We want jobs back. You go into WalMart, anyplace, nothing is being made in America anymore. We need to protect ourselves from the globalist influence.”

    — Reporter Lynda Mapes
    1:45 p.m. | Trump says he’ll win Washington state in November

    Donald Trump blamed trade agreements for manufacturing job losses and said he’d win the state of Washington in November as he addressed supporters in Spokane.

    The presumptive GOP presidential nominee also asked security to remove a protester as he spoke at the Spokane Convention Center, the first of his two Washington state campaign stops Saturday.

    Trump said he’d return to the Northwest during the campaign “because we are going to take the state of Washington.”

    The last time a Republican won Washington, a reliably blue state in presidential elections, was Ronald Reagan in 1984.

    — Associated Press
    1:42 p.m. | Trump supporters in Lynden
    John Beavers, of Belfair, talks about why he supports Donald Trump.
    Connie Streubel, of Bellingham, talks about what she likes about Donald Trump.
    1:22 p.m. | Inside the fairgrounds

    1 p.m. | The protests continue

    On Front Street outside the fairgrounds, a couple dozen Trump protesters traded cheers and boos with drivers.

    The demonstration brought Heather Keay from Bellingham. Keay, a 39-year-old payroll manager, stood on the sidewalk holding a protest sign.

    “Big picture, we don’t want Trump taking our state,” said Keay, who plans to support the Democratic nominee.

    Moments later, a passenger in a passing car delivered a message of his own, shouting: “Trump! Trump! Trump! Trump!”

    — Reporter Joseph O’Sullivan

    12:55 p.m. | In Spokane, Trump says he and Mike Leach are ‘phone friends’

    12:47 p.m. | Supporters, protesters have words

    12:45 p.m. | Trump speaks in Spokane

    Watch his speech live here
    12:24 p.m. | The doors are open in Lynden

    11:50 a.m. | WSU coach Mike Leach endorses Trump at Spokane rally

    Washington State University football coach Mike Leach spoke to Donald Trump supporters at the Spokane Convention Center, saying he endorses the presumptive GOP presidential.

    Leach, who said he was speaking for himself and not WSU, said “it’s time for Mr. Trump to assist us together in our country…making America great again.”

    Leach said he had been friends with the New York businessman for about a decade.

    — Associated Press
    11:24 a.m. | Ferndale man wants to see Trump — unedited

    Supporters of Donald Trump lined up by the hundreds outside the gates of a Lynden fairgrounds Saturday morning. The mood in line was jubilant as trucks festooned with American flags honked as they drove by and vendors sold Trump hats with his “Make America Great Again” slogan.

    Paul Lavelle of Ferndale arrived at 6:30 a.m. to snag a spot near the front of the line.

    Lavelle said he wanted to hear Trump in person. “It’d be nice to see what he has to say without all the editing the media does,” he said. Lavelle, who does marine electrical work, said he appreciates that Trump is a businessman and that he’s spending his own money on his campaign. “He isn’t a puppet on a string like the rest of them,” he said.

    Down the road a bit, a group wearing “Gays for Trump” T-shirts waited in lawn chairs in the warm sun. Brittany Schindler, 25, said she works at an auto-repair shop in nearby Bellingham. She knows many in the LGBT oppose Trump, but she said as a conservative she looks at “the whole picture.” She said Trump stands for “the American people” and will work to boost the economy.

    The American jobs theme also drew Jason Swendt, who works at the Intalco aluminum smelter. That facility has been threatened with shutdown due to foreign competition, though recently announced deals for grants and a cheaper power contract have saved the plant for now.

    Swendt said he supports Trump’s talk of protecting U.S. manufacturing with tariffs on cheap foreign imports. He dismissed warnings by economists and other Trump critics who say that would start a destructive trade war.

    “I don’t believe that Trump is going to put us into another recession,” he said. “If anything, I think he’s going to help me keep my job.”

    While Swendt enjoys being able to buy cheap Nikes and other imports like anyone else, he said it’d be worth it to pay more to keep American jobs.

    As for Trump’s controversial statements about illegal immigrants, Muslims and others — which have drawn protests and opposition even from some prominent Republicans — Swendt said Trump “is saying what a lot of people are believing but can’t say because it’s not politically correct.”

    — Political reporter Jim Brunner
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