Trump supporters rally at First Niagara Center

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Donald Trump supporters started lining up outside the First Niagara Center as early at 2 a.m. Monday, for his rally in Buffalo ahead of the New York Primary.

News 4 spoke to several Trump supporters, some of whom made trips from out-of-state for Monday’s event. We asked why they’re giving the New York businessman their vote Tuesday.

Overwhelmingly, they told us his stance on immigration, and his hawkish approach to ISIS is what makes Trump stand out from his Republican rivals, Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Ohio Governor John Kasich.

Mr. Trump received a lot of applause Monday night from supporters when he brought up his plans to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico, which he claims he’s going to make Mexico pay for.

We spoke to as many young supporters as we did older ones; both agree that for them, Trump represents a break in the status quo.

“We need to make this country great again. The last 8 years, Democratic rule has destroyed this country in and out we are a weak country at this time,” said Leo Wolf of Warsaw.

Krystal Florat of Lancaster told News 4 she’s sick of taking care of people who don’t work as hard as she does. She feels Trump’s fiscal vision will lead to less tax dollars being taken out of her paycheck.

“I’ve worked hard enough and to have somebody on our side for once, and supporting people that do work hard and realizing that not everyone needs a hand out, but making sure we’re finally taken care of,” she told News 4.

A Pew Research Center poll shows Trump’s voting base feels they no longer have a voice in the American political system.

21-year-old Niagara Falls resident and first time voter Adam Mick is giving Trump his vote because of his business background.

“I’ve seen liberal policies run rampant. And you know, it kills business. It really does. If you go downtown Niagara Falls…. you can see rundown buildings, you can see doors closing. The liberal tax policies just don’t work,” he said.

He’s been criticized for his comments about American Muslims, immigrants and women.

Several supporters told us “he’s saying what they’re thinking.”

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