INDIANAPOLIS -- One of the focal points of GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump's rally speech at the Indiana State Fairgrounds Wednesday afternoon surrounded the Carrier Corporation, which is moving 1,400 Indianapolis jobs to Monterrey, Mexico.
Trump started and stopped with comments on Carrier several times through his speech, often getting sidetracked by tangents.
But his message remained the same throughout: "If I was in office, Carrier wouldn't be leaving," Trump said.
Two Carrier workers were in attendance, which Trump identified by asking the audience of 5,000 if anyone was fired from Carrier.
The employees had been with the company for 17 and 26 years.
"Do you like the idea of taxing the hell out of those air conditioners?" Trump asked the Carrier workers.
Trump went on to trumpet a familiar stance he's taken on international trade, and what he sees the consequences for businesses who want to leave the U.S.:
"You're gonna pay a damn tax when you leave this country and you think you're going to sell product because we're all so stupid," Trump said.
Watch Trump's full comments on Carrier in the video player above.
"If I were in office right now, Carrier would not be leaving Indiana, that I can tell you," Trump said.
RTV6 has launched special coverage on Carrier's departure. You can watch episode 1 of our documentary series here.
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