Trump brings controversy, but supporters are sticking by him

Trump spoke at Ambridge Area High School Monday afternoon before traveling to northeastern Pennsylvania

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally, Monday, Oct. 10, 2016, in Ambridge, Penn. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally, Monday, Oct. 10, 2016, in Ambridge, Penn. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

AMBRIDGE, Pa. (WKBN) – Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump kept up his attacks on Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton during his first post-debate campaign appearance in western Pennsylvania Monday.

He stopped in the working class town of Ambridge in Beaver County, just north of Pittsburgh.

Several thousand supporters made their way inside the Wright Field House at Ambridge Area High School and overflowed into the parking lot.

Trump took the stage a casual 30 minutes late, as Sunday’s town hall debate was still fresh on many people’s minds.

During his speech, Trump acknowledged that his crude comments about women recorded on a video from 2005 were wrong.

“But he apologized. We all make mistakes. It was 11 years ago, and I say give him another chance,” said Donna Porter, of Oakmont. “He apologized. Hillary, on the other hand, she’s been in Congress for 30 some years, what has she done?”

For some, Trump’s apology was a little too late for past and present comments.

“I’m handicapped and he says I’m not worth anything anymore. I’m not a 10 anymore and with him, you have to be a 10,” said Peggy McCluske, of Baldwin.

He pledged to improve the nation’s trade deals and crack down on illegal immigration.

Trump told the crowd that he was proud of the way he treats “the blue collar workers that make this country run with tremendous respect.”

“Basically, what Trump’s about is union-busting and federal Right to Work legislation, which is basically union-busting and it affects all workers,” said Nick Burns, of Johnstown.

He also talked about Clinton’s deleted emails, and the audience chanted “Lock her up!”

Outside the event, supporters and protestors lined the street to show strong support for their chosen candidate. Many of them are passionate about their vote and voice in this election.

“I’m a first-time Republican voter and Trump changed my mind,” said Martin Costanza, of Ambridge.

“I just don’t understand how anybody, any woman with a brain, can vote for Trump,” said Renee Houge, of Clairton.

Even in a crowd of thousands, there were still some undecided voters who just don’t know which side to choose.

“We should have better choices than this,” said Chad Atkins, of Monaca. “I don’t know where we’re going as a country.”

According to the latest numbers, roughly six percent of registered voters nationwide who plan to vote said they were not sure who they would vote for. Nationally, political experts say those undecided voters could be what swings the election next month.

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