Donald Trump visits La Crosse for private fundraiser

Published: Aug. 16, 2016 at 4:40 PM CDT
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Donald Trump says he's not letting his loss in Wisconsin get him down in his fight for president.

The Republican nominee was in La Crosse Tuesday to attend a private fundraiser, almost a week after his vice presidential candidate, Mike Pence, also made a stop.

There was a heavy police presence Tuesday morning outside the Charmant Hotel, just one stop for Trump of several on Tuesday in Wisconsin.

Trump took part in an invitation-only event, where, according to local GOP party leaders, tickets sold for several thousand dollars.

Trump is trying to recover from a loss to Ted Cruz in the Republican primary.

"The result wasn't quite as good as I had hoped for but after that we did very well," he told WEAU 13 News. "I learned a lot in Wisconsin actually."

Trump said that his message on Tuesday would be one of law and order and how he plans to keep America safe.

"We have to maintain law and order in our country," he said. "I mean our country is really going down, when you see policemen being shot virtually every day now, I mean every week, there’s somebody and something, you have the five, and you have two, and you have one, then last night there was another problem. It’s very sad what’s happening."

But local Democrats say a Donald Trump presidency could threaten the safety of our country.

Wisconsin State Senator Jennifer Shilling held a press conference Tuesday at UW-La Crosse with local veterans to talk about their concerns over the Republican nominee.

"It is unnerving to the body politic and to one’s political nervous system the rhetoric, the bombastic approach that Donald Trump continues to demonstrate," said Shilling.

Donald Trump was also scheduled to hold a public rally in West Bend on Tuesday.