Taylor — One of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s sons called on Michigan voters Friday to elect his father president to strengthen America’s military, improve education and protect the Second Amendment.
“Guys, he’s going to build the greatest military, he’s going to take care of education and we’re going to protect the Second Amendment because it’s so important,” Eric Trump said during a stop at Top Gun Shooting Sports, a gun range on Pennsylvania Road near Interstate 75 in Taylor.
“We’re going to take care of the vets because they’re so horribly treated, and we’re going to take care of law enforcement.”
A crowd of nearly 200 gathered at Top Gun to hear Eric Trump, the second oldest of Trump’s three sons. His Friday visit to the gun range was the fourth stop of a campaign tour that also took him to Saginaw, Pontiac, Walled Lake and Detroit.
In Taylor, Trump spoke to small group of VIPs in a classroom at Top Gun where gun safety courses are taught. He then spoke to the larger crowd that assembled in the parking lot at Top Gun’s main entrance.
Many wore red baseball caps that said “Make America Great Again.” Others wore Trump-Pence T-shirts and stickers.
“We’re going to take back our country,” Eric Trump said. “We’re going to make America great.”
In the final week of the general election, Michigan has emerged as a battleground where Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has has enjoyed a consistent, but declining advantage over Trump in the polls. Clinton spoke Friday afternoon at Eastern Market’s Shed 3, urging her supporters to vote.
“If we win Michigan, and we’re going to win Michigan, it’s all over,” Eric Trump said.
In response, the crowd began to chant “U-S-A, U-S-A, U-S-A.”
Cynthia McFadden, 53, of Taylor liked what she heard from Trump’s son.
“I agree wholeheartedly with everything he said about protecting our police officers and especially what he said about helping our vets,” McFadden said. “We really need to do something about our vets.”
Eric Trump’s visit coincided with a Friday morning stop in Lansing by his father’s running mate, vice presidential candidate Mike Pence.
Donald Trump’s oldest son, Donald Jr., made campaign stops Wednesday in Detroit, East Lansing and Allendale. Their sister, Ivanka Trump, was in Troy Wednesday night and in Rochester Thursday morning.
Trump himself campaigned in the state on Monday, holding two rallies in Grand Rapids and Warren. On Sunday, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is expected to visit Michigan Sunday to campaign for Trump.