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Former President Donald Trump in Waukesha

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Even in Brookfield, five miles from the Waukesha Fairgrounds where Donald Trump was preparing to speak, his visit is an event, even drawing vendors selling merchandise.

“This stuff sells. People have an opinion, and these are the strongest ones,” said vendor Derrick Crawford, who came from Ohio to sell Trump-themed items.

And inside the fairgrounds, awaiting Trump's arrival, those opinions are on full display.

“He's the only president that has done anything right for this country in a long time,” said Christine Coleman, a Trump supporter from Illinois.

Trump’s visit is timed to support his endorsement of Tim Michels, who is in a hotly-contested primary against former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch. The primary election is Tuesday.

WISN 12 News Reporter Nick Bohr asked people at the rally why they came. Keith Hunkins of Waukesha brought his grandson.

“I believe the opinion that the country might be going in a different way than it should be and I hope we can change it by making the right votes and getting the right people in place to make this place great again,” Hunkins said.

Waukesha Democrats are using the visit to highlight what they say is Trump's “MAGA extremism.”

Waukesha County Democratic Party Chairman Matt Mareno held an event at their headquarters Friday afternoon.

“The Republican Party has put themselves firmly in the category of MAGA extremism. So let's be very clear. Rebecca Kleefisch or Tim Michels, regardless of who wins the election, will be a Donald Trump-style MAGA extremist,” Mareno said.

Trump was scheduled to take the stage at the fairgrounds at 7 p.m.

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