- Associated Press - Thursday, August 4, 2016

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump targeted Maine’s Somali community on Thursday while making a point about immigration and radicalized Muslims.

Trump told supporters at packed Merrill Auditorium in Portland that Maine is a “major destination” for Somali refugees and that they’re coming from some of the world’s “most dangerous places.”

Speaking in the nation’s whitest state, he said the nation’s acceptance of refugees “has to stop.”

Mardo Ngandu, who’s from Angola, lashed out at Trump during a demonstration outside the auditorium.

“Trump is crazy. We don’t need Trump in Maine,” said the Portland resident, who was joined by other friends from Angola. “How he’s going to make American great without people - the Mexicans and Africans?”

Thousands of Somalis, and immigrants from other African nations, currently live in Portland and Lewiston.

Portland teacher Laura Nichols, who’s married to an Ethiopian, said she fears for her Somali students because of the current political rhetoric.

She called Trump “unstable.”

Trump previously held rallies in Portland and Bangor this year.

The presidential candidate hopes to win at least one, and maybe more, electoral votes in Maine, one of only two states to divide the votes. Maine awards one vote to the winner of each congressional district; the other two votes go to the winner of the statewide vote.

Republican Gov. Paul LePage introduced Trump to the crowd after accusing the media of giving Clinton a “free pass” while focusing its attention on Trump.

“We need to reject corrupt politicians,” LePage said. “We need to make sure that we the people of this country defeat the queen of corruption.”

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