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GALLERY: Donald Trump visits North Dakota

Everything you need to know about Donald Trump's visit to North Dakota in one spot. Trump ready to unleash oil industry Donald Trump pledged 'complete' American energy independence and a focus on putting workers before regulations Thursday to a c...

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North Dakota Republican delegates stand behind Donald Trump at his press conference in Bismarck on Thursday, May 26, 2016. (Dustin Monke / Forum News Service)

Everything you need to know about Donald Trump’s visit to North Dakota in one spot.

Trump ready to unleash oil industry

Donald Trump pledged ‘complete’ American energy independence and a focus on putting workers before regulations Thursday to a crowd that is eager to make the Bakken great again.

The Republican presidential hopeful told more than 7,000 people at the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference that his policies on energy will put drilling rigs and people back to work.

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“Under my presidency, we’ll accomplish a complete American energy independence. Complete,” said Trump, prompting cheers from the crowd that lined up for blocks to get into the Bismarck Event Center.

Jeers, shouting matches but no violence at Trump protest

North Dakota nice took a back seat to insults and profanity-laced political rhetoric after Donald Trump’s speech to more than 7,000 people here Thursday as protesters clashed with supporters streaming out of the Bismarck Event Center.

More than 50 law enforcement officers formed a line between the two sides, occasionally directing protesters back toward the Fifth Street boulevard where many had spent a long day demonstrating in the sun.

Officers never let the two sides get too close, and there were no reports of violence or vandalism, Bismarck Police Lt. Jeff Solemsaas said.


Trump fans line up early for Bismarck speech

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Grand Forks resident Georgia Smith has seen Donald Trump twice in person in recent months, proudly showing off the cell phone picture she took with him in Phoenix in December.

But that didn’t stop the 56-year-old event planner from showing up at 5 a.m. to be first in line for Trump’s 1 p.m. address today at the Bismarck Event Center.

“I wanted to be right up close, like I was at all the other ones,” Smith said, sporting a Trump button and a black ring emblazoned with “Trump 2016 for America.”

Under sunny skies, a line of more than 500 people stretched a city block up the hill on 5th Street South before the doors opened shortly after 10 a.m.

Many, like Smith, were diehard Trump supporters.

Trump offends tribes with ‘Pocahontas’ comment

Some Native Americans in attendance Thursday at Donald Trump’s North Dakota speech say a comment he made about “Pocahontas” during a press conference was racist and he should apologize.

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Trump, who spent about 30 minutes with local and national media prior to speaking at the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference, referred to Sen. Elizabeth Warren as Pocahontas, referencing a 2012 controversy about how she described her heritage.

Quotes on Trump’s appearance in Bismarck

Read what state officials and citizens had to say about Trump’s visit to North Dakota

 

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