AURORA | Donald Trump spent the bulk of his speeches at two Friday rallies in Colorado condemning the optimistic picture of the nation that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton painted earlier this week.
Trump – whose stop Friday, July 29 at the Wings Over The Rockies Museum in Denver was his third Colorado event this month – said Clinton’s acceptance speech Thursday was spent trying to convince Americans “about how wonderful things are.”
“She made it sound like everything is rosy-dory,” Trump said. “Things are not rosy-dory, folks.”
Trump rapped Clinton for not discussing unflattering statistics about modern American life, including long-term unemployment figures, a surge in violence against police officers and the low rate of home ownership. He also claimed Clinton largely ignored recent terror attacks in France and elsewhere.
“Our country has enough problems,” Trump said, alluding to the attacks in France. “We don’t need more problems, and that’s going to be more problems.”
The capacity crowd – some of whom were standing on chairs or climbing railings for a better view – was quick to follow Trump’s lead throughout, booing Clinton and heckling the press corps when he criticized the media.
Any mention of immigration elicited several shouts, including some calling for “deportations now” and others shouting “come here legally.”
But before the speech ended, many in the crowd headed for the entrance rather than bake under the stage lights on a day that saw temperatures near 90 degrees.
According to the Denver Fire Department, the old airplane hangar turned museum and event hall holds about 6,500 people. An hour before the speech fire officials estimated the crowd at 3,300 and by 7 p.m., about a half hour before Trump took the stage, officials closed the door, leaving a few hundred people outside.
Trump also used his speech in Denver to tout a small victory over Clinton in television popularity.
The Nielsen company estimated that 29.8 million people watched Clinton’s Thursday night acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention on commercial networks. That fell short of the 32.2 million people who watched Trump speak to the Republicans a week before.
That came despite the Democrats reaching more people than the Republicans on each of the first three days of their respective conventions.
And as to Trump’s ongoing issues with establishment Colorado Republicans who shunned him at the state’s convention and largely voted for Sen. Ted Cruz at the RNC earlier this month? The GOP nominee opted against repeating his claims that Colorado’s caucus was “rigged” and let the crowd know that the Centennial State had not seen the last of him.
“I’m gonna be here a lot,” Trump said. “I’m going to be here so much you’re going to say, ‘Please, okay, we’ll vote for you.”
“We have to win this state on Nov. 8,” Trump implored his supporters. “We have to.”
– Sentinel reporter Chris Harrop and the Associated Press contributed to this report.