In what was hyped to be one of the biggest events of the 2016 campaign so far, GOP front-runner Donald Trump held a rally Friday in Mobile, Alabama, in front of thousands.
The campaign had to switch locations twice -- from a hotel and convention center -- after demand for tickets exceeded holding capacities. Ultimately, the event was held in Mobile's Ladd-Peebles Stadium, which can hold up to 40,000 people.
The stadium was about half full when Trump started his speech. He said it drew 30,000 people.
Alabama was great last night, amazing people. 30,000 folks was largest crowd of political season. Nice!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 22, 2015
About half full and a helluva menagerie of people.... pic.twitter.com/AcGqXZouPI— Kim Boone (@travelnlt_kim) August 22, 2015
"We were going to have 250, 300 people. The hotel was great. They said something is happening here. We can't hold this," Trump said. "And then, we want to the convention center and they can have 10,000 people...The next day they said too many people we can't put them in. So we came here."
Trump supporters begin to line up in Mobile for what the campaign hopes is the biggest rally of the 2016 race so far pic.twitter.com/9WJnvXnskR— Seni Tienabeso (@SeniABC) August 21, 2015
"The 14th amendment, I was right on it," he said. "You can do something with it. And you can do something fast. You can do something fast. So we have 300,000 babies a year. 300,000 that you have to take care of. We all have to take care of. And you know, in the case of other countries, including Mexico, they don't do that. It doesn't work that way."
Christopher Donato contributed reporting.