• HIGHLIGHTS: Donald Trump visits, rallies in Washington state

    By: Associated Press , KIRO 7 Staff


    The dozens of protesters gathered outside the Spokane Convention Center were outnumbered by supporters of Donald Trump -- who lined up early for the first of the presumptive GOP presidential candidate's two Saturday rallies in Washington state.

    Pictures from Donald Trump’s visit to Washington state.
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    Trump spoke in Spokane at noon and then at around 3 p.m. on the other side of Washington in Lynden, north of Seattle, where hundreds of people lined up in anticipation.

    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.

    [See collected photos from Trump's visit to Washington state.]

    The presumptive GOP presidential nominee also asked security to remove a protester as he spoke at the Spokane Convention Center.

    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.

    In Spokane, one woman, 38-year-old Erin McLaughlin, was denied entry to the event. McLaughlin, who was wearing a white halo on her head, said Trump staff wouldn't let her in because she wasn't a supporter. McLaughlin said she opposes Trump's incendiary speech, which she says makes people feel unsafe.

    Another protester, 30-year-old Blaine Dan McLay, wore a "Stop Trump" hat. McLay said Trump's ideas "make no sense" and he's "xenophobic, misogynistic and racist."

    Authorities say "a small number of arrests" were made after protesters blocked a road in Lynden trying to keep Donald Trump from speaking at a campaign rally.

    The likely GOP nominee's motorcade used a different route into the Northwest Washington Fair & Event Center in Lynden, Washington.

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