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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump appears at a rally at the Loudoun County Fairgrounds in the early hours of Nov. 7. Times-Mirror/Buzz Covington
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump addressed a rowdy, at-capacity crowd just after midnight Sunday, but the late hour did nothing to tame the chants that sparked sporadically throughout the evening, chants of “lock her up,” “drain the swamp” and “build the wall."

By the time Trump took the stage in Leesburg for an event scheduled for 9:30 p.m., Election Day had suddenly become tomorrow.

"Now I actually have to say just one day," Trump said. "One day, one day -- I can't believe it."

Reveling in his supporters' adoration, Trump used the weekend to lodge his closing argument in the historically ugly 2016 election. The Republican candidate called to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, restore “law and order” to America and its inner cities and ripped Democrat Hillary Clinton as “the most corrupt person ever to seek the office of the presidency.”

“But right now,” Trump said, “she is being protected by a totally rigged system. I’ve been talking about the rigged system, folks. I understand the rigged system. I understand this is a rigged system.”

Trump’s denunciation came just hours after FBI leadership announced it was standing by its decision to not recommend criminal charges against Clinton due to her use of a private email server while serving as secretary of state. The bureau announced less than two weeks ago that new emails "pertinent" to Clinton's case had surfaced, but on Sunday they said the new correspondence didn't warrant charges.

Trump responded by saying “now it’s up to the American people to deliver the justice at the ballot box."

Sticking on the “rigged” theme, the Republican nominee claimed Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D), a close ally of Clinton, “has illegally given voting rights to 60,000 felons.”

“He’s letting criminals cancel out the votes of law-abiding citizens,” Trump said of McAuliffe’s voting rights restoration efforts.



Trump continued his call for tighter patrols along the nation’s borders and stricter immigration policies. He referenced a local gang-related murder in an attempt to hammer home his point.

“Last year in nearby Sterling, 17-year-old Danny Centeno-Miranda was walking to the bus when he was shot twice in the back by an illegal immigrant,” Trump said. “The murderer entered the United States illegally in 2013, was released by the Obama administration and then murdered Danny … a Trump administration will end this nightmare of violence immediately.”

The late Centeno-Miranda was also an immigrant.

Trump's Loudoun County Fairgrounds speech was his fifth and final of the day, coming after stops in Minnesota, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Iowa.

In Virginia, which sent its 13 electoral votes to Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, Trump has an uphill climb, according to most polls. The GOP nominee is especially unpopular in the densely populated Northern Virginia region, where he lost the GOP primary to Sen. Marco Rubio.

While prominent electoral college predictors consider Trump the clear underdog heading into Tuesday, the first-time office-seeker said “we are going to have one of the great victories of all time.”

“This is going to be ‘Brexit’ times 50,” Trump said. “… When we win on Nov. 8, we are going to drain the swamp.”

The crowd waited for Donald Trump for nearly three hours beyond the 9:30 p.m. start time. Times-Mirror/Buzz Covington


Additional notes from Trump's Loudoun County visit:


-About 2,200 people were in the arena for Trump's speech, while another several hundred to 1,000 were just outside the hall.

-The Republican nominee said he supports a 15 percent corporate tax rate in the U.S. as opposed to the 35 percent currently in place.

-Among those keeping the crowd entertained as they waited for Trump were former Virginia Gov. and U.S. Sen. George Allen, U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, state Sen. Dick Black, state Del. Dave LaRock, Jerry Falwell Jr. and Republican Party of Virginia Chairman John Whitbeck, a local resident.


Comments


Lady Liberty, being right feels so good doesn’t it! I for one am planning on getting my Kayak out and floating down the river of liberal tears today.


I was wrong Lady Liberty and you are as gracious in victory as I would expect of a person who thinks Trump is the answer to anything.


And what was that you said about Wednesday morning, Truth Teller?


mephisto, I do love my country, which is why I’m angry with what our current government is doing to our country. 

And, judging by the turn out at Trump rallies and, more importantly, at the polls today, I suspect I am not alone and we will be seeing President Trump being declared the winner before the night’s over.


Satchmo/mephisto, I guess you just love that real wages haven’t budged since 1979.  In fact, for HS graduates, they have fallen due to the uncontrolled illegal immigration.

Trump bucked both parties and promised to throttle that.  But you and the corrupt politicians who want to keep handing over an infinite supply of illegal labor and tax subsidies appear to have won the day.  Long live corruption, eh?


Good morning fellow Americans!  It’s a glorious day.  Get out to vote and vote as an individual.  It’s your vote, your vision.


Lady Liberty, I think if you could pull yourself up and out of the cesspool that is Fox News and Breitbart—you’d take a look around and realize there’s a lot to like about America and where we’re headed.


Truth_Teller, if you’re not angry, you’re not paying attention.  Wake up to what’s happening in our country!


enjoy your final moments, Trumpsters.  Wednesday morning is going to show you that the majority of Americans don’t share you biases or anger.


Great event last night…..Go Trump Go!  Hillary draws a coffee house full of 12 handpicked people and Trump brings down the barn with about 4 thousand on hand…


Pretty “yuuge” considering it was late on a Sunday night….


I think its interesting the author of this article also mentions the victim was an immigrant, but Trumps point was the suspect was here in the United States ILLEGALY.

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