CONWAY, S.C. (WBTW) — Former President donald trumpSaturday afternoon’s ‘Get Out the Vote’ rally at Coastal Carolina University left some people offended, including Myrtle Beach Mayor Brenda Bethune.

Some of his strongest comments were about his Republican presidential rival. nikki haleyThe husband. Michael Haley is currently deployed with the Army National Guard in Africa.

“Where is your husband?” -Trump asked. “He is away. What happened to her husband? What happened to her husband? Where is the? He’s gone. He knew.”

Bethune, a Haley supporter who introduced her at a January rally at CCU, said Trump’s comments prove he doesn’t support the military.

“I think we all expected Trump to come to this area at some point, but I don’t think the rally helped him at all,” Bethune said. “Actually, I think she was hurt by some of the infuriating comments he made. “It’s just wrong to make those kinds of comments and it shows that Donald Trump will do or say anything to try to irritate people.”

Several thousand people attended the afternoon rally at CCU’s HTC Center, including many students who said they were there for the experience.

“I got there around 7 (or) 7:30 in the morning and the lines were already full of people in the fields right next to the track,” junior Caleb Adkins said.

Adkins said this was his first presidential rally.

“I just wanted to see a part of the story, you know?” Adkins said. “It’s not often that a past president has come to your school, so I just wanted to come and see him in person.”

Horry County Councilman Michael Masciarelli said he didn’t go to the rally, but was encouraged when he heard how many college students attended.

“Seeing college-aged students, people in their 20s and 30s attending the rally,” Masciarelli said. “I’m not saying they were there to support candidate Trump, but the fact that they took the time to listen for themselves.”

Bethune said he believes Trump’s campaign tactics will not change. She said Trump will continue to cause drama, insult people and focus on himself instead of what the country needs.

Early voting for the Republican primary opened Monday. The primaries will be on February 24.

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Jackie LiBrizzi is a multimedia journalist at News13. Jackie is originally from Hamilton, New Jersey and grew up in Piedmont, South Carolina. Jackie joined the News13 team in June 2023 after graduating as a student-athlete from the University of South Carolina in May 2023. Follow Jackie on X, formerly Twitter, Facebook or Instagram and read more of his work. hermy.

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