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Supporters show up for Trump's rally in Michigan

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DIMONDALE, Mich. (WNEM) -

Donald Trump was back in Michigan on Friday for the second time this month.

The Republican presidential candidate was in Dimondale for a rally.

Ryan Walters was first in line. He was wearing his support for the Republican nominee on his chest and was excited to hear Trump's message.

"You can see he loves the country and he loves the people here and that's why he gets the crowds he does," Walters said.

Trump same to Michigan during a shake-up of his top campaign leaders.

Campaign chair Paul Manafort's resignation on Friday came just days after the Trump campaign announced it's bringing on a new chief executive and campaign manager.

J. Ervin Bates drove from Bay City to attend the rally near Lansing. He hopes it will be the boost Trump needs heading into November.

"The campaign looks like it's rejuvenated. The campaign looks like it is on the right track and it needs to be a more inclusive campaign. And I think we're starting to see that," Bates said.

While speaking in Charlotte on Thursday, Trump acknowledged some of his comments may have caused pain to certain people, but he blamed it on the heat of debates. He said he regretted the comments that hurt people.

Former U.S. Congressman and Democratic nominee for governor, Marck Schauer, joined labor union leaders to protest Trump's campaign in Michigan. They said the damage has already been done and his policies would only make things worse.

"Donald Trump would be a disaster for Michigan, a disaster for workers, a disaster for hard-working families and a disaster for Michigan's economy," Schauer said.

Trump's supporters said Democratic leadership in the White House has already done that.

"This is an opportunity for us to come back together as a country. And I think if we stay on message and keep working hard, then Trump will be successful," Bates said.

Trump promised the crowd he would bring jobs back to Michigan if he is elected president. He called Michigan's economy a victim of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

"We will be bringing back our jobs to Michigan. There will be a very big price to pay for those companies who want to leave our land, go someplace else, manufacture their good and sell them back with no retribution. It won't happen. There will be consequences," Trump said.

A big chunk of Trump's rally was his appeal to black voters.

"I will produce, I will produce for the inner cities and I will produce for the African Americans. And the Democrats, they will not produce. All they've done is taken advantage of your vote," Trump said.

He said his trade policies and immigration reform will give impoverished inner-city residents the good paying jobs they need to succeed.

"Look how much African American communities have suffered under Democratic control. To those I say the following, what do you have to lose by trying something new like Trump," Trump said.

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