Hickory, N.C. - Hundreds of Trump supporters were stuck outside the rally Monday at the Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory. Several folks traveled from hours away to see the front-runner. Many left, while other supporters decided to stick around even though they couldn’t get in.
"I don't go to concerts; you couldn't get me to wait in a Walmart line. This is worthwhile. I appreciate the people coming out, no matter their views. I want Trump to know I appreciate what he's doing," said Trump supporter Anthony Kindle.
Several protest groups were also there, including a woman with ‘Black Lives Matter’.
"He's promoting hate. He's promoting division. He's promoting violence. If our sitting president did a tenth of the things this man did, he wouldn't be here," said Ashley Linch.
One Trump supporter we spoke with says he took a lot of heat from protesters because of his heritage.
"They target me because I’m Hispanic. My parents are full Mexican, but they came here legally. These people must be illegal immigrants because they were being hateful. I was being respectful, letting them speak," said Benito Pina.
The bishop of the North Carolina Senate of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America led a group of peaceful protesters.
"We were worried because of previous campaign stops about violence. I did see a group of clergy moving in between some folks giving obscene words and gestures toward each other. The clergy started singing 'Jesus loves me'. It's sort of hard to beat up each other when you're singing Jesus loves me," said Bishop Tim Smith.
While a handful of protesters were arrested, the rally ended on a peaceful note with a healing service at the university's grace chapel.
"Because I’m a Christian, I believe love conquers hate and that I show I’m a disciple of Christ through my love. I came to support a proactive stance in the midst of all this free speech," said Ugonna Ukwa, student at Lenoir-Rhyne University.
The Catawba County Sheriff says six people were arrested at the Trump rally. They received minor citations and were released after the rally ended. Authorities tell us no one was injured during the event.