Thousands Line Up in Scranton for Trump Rally

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SCRANTON -- Donald Trump supporters started lining up Wednesday morning outside Lackawanna College's Student Union to hear him speak.

Even though many had tickets, some never got inside.

Trump, along with running mate Gov. Mike Pence, held a campaign rally in Scranton.

Trump arrived about one hour late, pulling up to the Lackawanna College Student Union gymnasium to a crowd of supporters and some protesters.

Many were waiting since the early morning hours to see the GOP presidential nominee in the flesh.

There was a long, long line outside the Lackawanna College Student Union gymnasium, fans of Donald Trump from all around our area, including Joe Zawatsky from Hazleton.

"Everything positive, how he cares about people in the United States, he cares about the veterans; he cares a lot. Just look what happened in Benghazi."

It seemed Scranton police were everywhere, making sure Trump supporters and groups of protesters keep the peace, all in 90 degree heat.

"They're looking out for potential threats and making sure everyone gets in here safely and leaves safely," said Scranton Police Chief Carl Graziano.

By noon, the line snaked all around the block, some three hours before the event started.

"Our schedules conflicted with sports seasons, so we kind of made it our goal when he made another visit to Scranton," said Skyler Behrend of Wyalusing.

Both young and old came to see Trump make his second visit to the area, his first as the GOP's nominee for president.

A trio made the more than hour-long trip from Wyalusing in Bradford County, believing they can help Trump become president.

"It's more of an experience to see how people are devoted to him. It's kind of awesome," said Sarah Vaskas.

"Just have all the hope for him," added Hunter Brewster.

There were hundreds of people in line with tickets who did not get inside to see the rally.