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Donald Trump speaks at a campaign event in Eugene, Oregon May 6, 2016 (Source: CNN) Donald Trump speaks at a campaign event in Eugene, Oregon May 6, 2016 (Source: CNN)
Anti-Trump protesters gather while police watch on (Source: KPTV) Anti-Trump protesters gather while police watch on (Source: KPTV)
EUGENE, OR (KPTV) -

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump took the stage at a campaign event in Eugene Friday evening with his usual bravado and promises to "make America greater than ever before."

In front of a packed crowd at the Lane Events Center, Trump spoke about his endorsements from high-profile names like Tom Brady, Bobby Knight and Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio as well as his numerous wins on the campaign trail.

"Nobody gets the crowds that Trump gets and nobody has more fun than we do," the presumed GOP nominee said as the crowd cheered on.

The conference hall was at capacity Friday night with more than 4,300 in attendance and Eugene's fire marshal refused to let any more people inside.

In between statements about strengthening the U.S.-Mexico border and bringing more jobs to the United States, Trump took the opportunity to criticize his political opponents.

Trump called Sen. Elizabeth Warren, with whom he traded jabs on Twitter earlier in the day, "goofy" and a "doofus."

Other targets of his insults included Hillary and Bill Clinton and Republicans Jeb Bush and Lindsay Graham.

Trump also took the opportunity to criticize the media at the event, whom he called "horrible" and "dishonest."

When a protester tried to interrupt his speech, Trump told the individual to, "Get the hell out of here" and "Go home to Mommy" as the crowd chanted "U.S.A.! U.S.A.!"

Trump also touched on the economy during his speech, mentioning the losses in the timber industry in Oregon and promising to reinvigorate rural communities but falling short of proposing any specific policies to accomplish that goal.

The campaign rally took place on a unseasonably warm spring day and Trump complimented the beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

"The trip in, so beautiful," Trump said. "The fields, the trees. And look at all these strong people out here in the audience."

Trump ended his speech by asking attendees for their votes, promising they would be the best votes they ever cast in their lives.

"We're gonna make our country great again!" Trump said to raucous cheers. "We're gonna make America great again!"

Like his campaign events in other states, Trump's Eugene rally drew angry protesters and enthusiastic crowds alike.

Demonstrators and supporters began gathering on the site hours before the event began, with some protesters attempting to block a road leading to the event.

"I think Donald Trump is a fascist and I think everything he stands for is disgusting, and I'm here to take a look at it from the inside because I find it repulsive," said Winter Peterson of Eugene.

Others were there to see a candidate who had a different message than other politicians.

"I've actually been a lifelong Democrat until I decided to register to vote Republican to vote for Mr. Trump," said Sabrina-Marie Bell.

Eugene police said they worked with the Secret Service and other agencies to ensure everyone stayed safe at the rally and the event ended without any arrests.

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