54ºF

Trump addresses Paris attacks, immigration at campaign stop in Beaumont

BEAUMONT, Texas – A few thousand people packed into Beaumont's Ford Arena on Saturday, where Donald Trump made a presidential campaign stop.

Trump walked into the arena to Twisted Sister's "We're Not Gonna Take It" -- his campaign theme song.

He started out by asking the crowd for a moment of silence for the victims of Friday's deadly attacks in Paris. 

"I almost cried because it's awful to think you could go to a concert and then have such a tragedy," said Norri Collier, who drove in from Houston to hear Trump speak.

Trump told his supporters the attack could have been different if France did not have such strict gun laws. 

"You could say what you want, but if they had guns, if our people had guns, if they were allowed to carry, it would have been a different situation," Trump said.

He also pointed out he has been calling the United States to destroy the oil fields controlled by the Islamic State group, which has claimed responsibility for the attack. 

"He knows where to hurt them and that is where the oil and the money is," said Walter Carter, of Lumberton.

Trump's other focus for southeast Texas was immigration. He called onto the stage family members of The Remembrance Project, who say their loved ones have been killed by illegal immigrants.  

Trump drew big applause when he brought up the topic of building a border wall.  

"We're going to be building a wall and it's going to be a big wall," Trump said.  "It's going to look beautiful because some day they're going to name it Trump Wall."

Trump's next campaign stop is set for Monday in Knoxville, Tennessee.