Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was in Baltimore Monday to speak at the National Guard’s annual conference.
Trump spoke at the 138th NGAUS General Conference & Exhibition at 1 p.m. at the Baltimore Convention Center, in what was his first campaign stop in Baltimore since becoming the GOP nominee.
"I'm running so that the powerful can no longer beat on the powerless," Trump said in the speech, which ran for about 20 minutes.
Trump’s appearance was met with local backlash. The People’s Power Assembly and other local activists held a protest at the Baltimore Convention Center at 11:30 a.m.
"Our message is loud and clear. The people of Baltimore are opposed to Trump's pro-rich message of bigotry and hate," Steven Ceci for the Peoples Power Assembly said. "We are united in saying no to racism, anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, anti-woman and anti-LGBTQ bigotry."
Trump won the Republican primary in heavily Democratic Maryland, but Republican Gov. Larry Hogan has said he doesn't plan to vote for Trump.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.