VALDOSTA, GA - FEBRUARY 29: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump reacts to supporters during a rally at Valdosta State University February 29, 2016 in Valdosta, Georgia. On the eve of the Super Tuesday primaries, Trump is enjoying his best national polling numbers of the election cycle, increasing his lead over rivals Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ted Cruz (R-TX). (Photo by Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images)
About 30 black students who were standing silently at the top of the bleachers at Donald Trump’s rally here Monday night were escorted out by Secret Service agents who said the presidential candidate had requested their removal before he began speaking.
The sight of the students, who were visibly upset, being led outside by law enforcement officials created a stir at a university that was a whites-only campus until 1963.
“We didn’t plan to do anything,” said a tearful Tahjila Davis, a 19-year-old mass media major, who was among the Valdosta State University students who was removed. “They said, ‘This is Trump’s property; it’s a private event.’ But I paid my tuition to be here.”
Lori Tompkins from Turner County, Ga., who assists medical patients without insurance, said Georgians in particular are flocking to the billionaire because of his business savvy.
"He's helping us stand up for our country again, to try and improve business. Georgia, especially this part of Georgia, is an extremely poor area and we would love to see manufacturing come back to this country, especially here in Georgia," she said.
Trump asked for the crowd's support Tuesday and promised a strong showing.
"We are going to win at every single level. We are going to win with health, with education, at the borders, with our military. We're going to win, win, win, win," he said.