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Trump addresses National Guard in Baltimore

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Posted at 7:13 AM, Sep 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-12 17:46:30-04

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. 

Retired Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett, the association's president, said before the address they are "curious to hear Mr. Trump's vision for national defense and how the National Guard fits into those plans."
 
Organizers say they have hosted at least one presidential candidate every presidential election year since 1992 and both Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton were invited.
 
Clinton, Trump said, believes she is above the law, and is a voice for Wall Street. 
 
"I'm running to take on the special interests, the big donors, and the corrupt political insiders," Trump said. "And of course, never forget the special interests. I am running to be your voice." 
 

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."

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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. 
 

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