Trump rallys in Novi after surprising ArtPrize crowd

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Donald Trump visits the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. (Sept. 30, 2016)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump spoke to campaign volunteers at the Kent GOP headquarters Friday afternoon, after surprising ArtPrize visitors in downtown Grand Rapids.

Another surprise – former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani accompanied Trump for the West Michigan trip.

People screamed as Trump made his way through the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum Friday afternoon.

>>App users can watch his surprise visit to the museum here

He eventually went outside to pay his respects to the late President Ford and his wife Betty. There, hundreds of students and their parents and teachers watched the presidential nominee lay flowers at the gravesite before heading back to the motorcade.

“To come down here for ArtPrize but also get to see current events with Trump and Giuliani was exciting for them… We couldn’t even pursue any of the art – they wanted to chase down Donald Trump,” parent Misty Wondergem told 24 Hour News 8.

After his visit to the museum and before talking to supporters at the Kent GOP headquarters, Trump hosted a private event at the J.W. Marriott hotel in downtown Grand Rapids that reportedly raised more money for the trump campaign.

24 Hour News 8 attempted to speak to Terry Lynn Land as she left the hotel, but she declined taking questions about the fundraiser.

Trump’s plane landed at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport just before noon Friday, carrying former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Army General Michael Flynn.

A motorcade including the Kent County Sheriff’s Department, Michigan State Police and Secret Service escorted Trump to downtown Grand Rapids.

The Republican presidential nominee visited the Kent GOP headquarters before returning to his plane to fly to Novi for a rally.

Crowds waited several hours to enter the facility where Donald Trump’s event unfolded.

During his address, Trump again mentioned his plans to build a wall at the Mexico border and called on African-American voters for their support.

“Why not give Donald Trump a chance?” The Republican nominee said.

>>App users: Watch Trump’s rally in Novi here.

Electoral vote predictions based on polling show that Hillary Clinton’s once sizable lead has dwindled considerably.

That’s why both campaigns will continue to focus on Michigan and other battleground states as the race for the White House moves into the final six weeks.

Hillary Clinton’s daughter Chelsea will also be in Michigan on Friday, a week after her Grand Rapids visit. She is expected to campaign for her mom in the Traverse City area.

Stay with 24 Hour News 8 for continuing coverage of Friday’s visits. Political reporter Rick Albin will be in Novi and will have live reports Friday night.