RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY/AP) — Donald Trump spoke Friday night at a rally at the Richmond Coliseum.
The coliseum is a downtown sports arena that has a capacity of nearly 12,000. But as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee took the stage, the arena featured section upon section of empty seats and was no more than a third full.
Trump, usually a huge draw, has filled similar-sized venues in disparate places like Charleston, West Virginia, Costa Mesa, California, and Albany, New York.
Some of those in attendance pointed out that there were several other major events happening in Richmond on a mild Friday night, including a Tim McGraw concert and a college graduation.
A conservative Richmond talk show host warmed up the crowd. He referenced the ongoing transgender bathroom case in Gloucester County.
Trump’s chairman took the stage next. Finally, Trump entered with music pumping.
While speaking, Trump, not using a teleprompter, claimed his general election foe, Hillary Clinton, “hates” President Barack Obama. He claimed he was “the least racist person you’ll see.” And he repeatedly called Senator Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas,” prompting some in the crowd to break out in Indian war cries.
He also spent several minutes recounting the victories he won and the endorsements he received during the Republican primaries. He suggested he might hold a “Winners Night” at the convention, during which various sports heroes would appear.
Richmond Police said five people were detained outside the rally, but only one person has been charged with disorderly conduct.
More than 100 protesters marched around the Richmond Coliseum in the minutes before Trump took the stage. Some of them squared off with pro-Trump supporters.
The two sides yelled at each other and there was isolated shoving before police swarmed in and pulled them apart.
The anti-Trump demonstrators then chanted, “No KKK, no fascists, USA, no Trump” as they marched around the arena.
Trump previously spoke in Virginia on Feb. 24 at Regent University.
The billionaire recently reached the “magic number” of delegates needed to clinch the Republican nomination for president, according to a May 26 Associated Press delegate count.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.