SHARONVILLE, OH (FOX19) - Presumptive Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump spoke in Sharonville on Wednesday just days away from the GOP convention.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich appeared at the podium ahead of Trump. In recent days, rumors have swirled that Gingrich is being vetted as a possible pick for Vice President. Also speaking was Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones and former Hamilton County Judge Norbert Nadel.
Trump was originally scheduled to speak at 7:00 p.m. at the Sharonville Convention Center, but took the stage thirty minutes early.
"Southwestern Ohio is the place to be if you want to become President of the United States," Sharonville mayor Kevin Hardman told FOX19 NOW. "The road to the White House goes through Sharonville is the way I like to put it."
Hardman told FOX19 NOW on Tuesday, he expected 5,000 people to attend.
Some of his supporters started camping out Wednesday morning at 1 a.m. Things began to get heated inside the convention center as a woman with a sign reading "Donald Trump is a fraud" was escorted out of convention center an hour and a half before rally started.
"I like Trump because he's not a politician," said Brandi Hughes. "I think we need to get all politicians out and get a strong businessman in the White House and run the country the way it needs to be ran."
Trump spoke on veterans, terrorism, border security, the economy and job creation. He spent a lot of time talking about Hillary Clinton and her headline-making e-mail scandal.
"She's incompetent. The only good thing she's ever done is get out of trouble when anybody else would have been in jail by now. That's the only thing I've ever seen her do that was a great job. I got to give her credit," Trump said.
Gingrich's appearance could be a bit of foreshadowing. In recent days, he's been rumored as a possible pick for Vice President to run on Trump's ticket.
"In one form or another, Newt Gingrich is going to be involved with our government. That I can tell you," said Trump.
Trump's son Eric also stumped for his father on this stop just days away from the GOP convention."
"We are going to make America great again," Trump said as he closed his message to the crowd.
Trump's stop in Sharonville makes him the third GOP candidate this election cycle to make an appearance at the convention center.
"There's a strong ground game for the Republican party in that area," said Northern Kentucky University Political Science Professor Dr. Ryan Salzman. "Sharonville's definitely friendly territory. That is, it's a strong Republican, conservative area."