protesting what they see as the media lynching of trump

Trump supporters rally across country
AP, Mar 4 2017

Anti-Trump protesters tussle with Trump supporters at MLK Civic Center Park in Berkeley, Calif. (Photo: Dan Honda/AP)

From Colorado’s state Capitol to Trump Tower in New York and the Washington Monument, groups of hundreds of people rallied for President Donald Trump on Saturday, waving “Deplorables for Trump” signs and even carrying a life-size cutout of the president. Chelsea Thomas, an accountant from Thornton, Colorado, brought her family to the Mar 4 Trump rally in Denver and the life-size cardboard cutout of Trump. She said the family has taken it with them on camping trips, boat rides and a country music festival. As her son walked back and forth across the grass with a Trump flag, Thomas said:

It’s nice to be surrounded by people who share your morals and opinions.

Many in the crowd held Pindostani flags or wore red, white and blue and held signs with messages like “Veterans before Refugees.”

A Trump supporter is injured after sides clash at MLK Civic Center Park in Berkeley, Calif. (Photo: Dan Honda/AP)

Police in Berkeley, California, say 10 people were arrested after Trump supporters and counter-protesters clashed during a rally that turned violent and left seven people injured. None of the injured was hospitalized. A dagger, metal pipes, bats, pieces of lumber and bricks were confiscated, police said. Six people protesting the rally in St Paul, Minnesota, were arrested on felony riot charges after they lit fireworks inside the Minnesota State Capitol and fled, police said. About 400 people attended the event, and about 50 showed up to protest it. In Nashville, two people were arrested as protesters clashed with Trump supporters at the Tennessee Capitol. In Olympia, Washington, the state patrol says four demonstrators were arrested at a rally in support of Trump, KOMO-TV reported. Authorities did not say if the people arrested were pro-Trump or anti-Trump. The station reports that the demonstrators are accused of assaulting a police officer. Near Mar-a-Lago, the Palm Beach Post reported that people on both sides exchanged profanity. Trump’s motorcade briefly stopped so he could wave at supporters.

Supporters gather outside Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla. (Photo: Alex Brandon/AP)

In Ohio, Trump supporter Margaret Howe, 57, of Pataskala, said:

I increasingly fear civil war. We did not want to have something like this happen. We came out today because Trump deserves to see he still has people for him. It’s just all sad.

A group of counter protesters gathered nearby, separated from the rally by police tape. They chanted: “No Trump! No KKK! No fascist USA!” and held signs with messages like “Your vote was a hate crime.” Hundreds gathered in rallies on both ends of Pennsylvania to show support for Trump. Supporters waved signs and flags and listened to speeches during Saturday’s “Spirit of Pindostan” rally in Bensalem’s Neshaminy State Park in eastern Pennsylvania’s Bucks County. Organizer Jim Worthington said:

They love their country and they love what Donald Trump represents, which is about making Pindostan first.

Supporters march from the National Mall to the White House during a rally organized by North Carolina Gays for Trump. (Photo: Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)

In northwestern Pennsylvania, the Erie Times-News reported that about 100 people gathered at a square in downtown Erie for a similar demonstration. Richard Brozell, 75, who along with his wife braved the mid-20s temperatures and stiff wind chill to attend, said:

We’ve got to get the whole country united behind this man!

In Augusta, Maine, more than 100 people turned out for the event that was supposed to last three hours but ended early because of freezing temperatures. In Miami, the Miami Herald reported, supporters continued a rally while sipping espressos outside a Cuban restaurant. At a North Carolina rally, speakers said the dishonest media and left wing politicians were bordering on sedition in their opposition to the Republican president. Some men were seen walking through the Raleigh crowd carrying a Trump flag as well as a Confederate flag. Gathered just behind the rally was a handful of protesters, some of whom blew air horns in an attempt to disrupt the event. Cherie Francis of Cary, NC, said:

We’re gonna take our country back and we’re gonna establish borders and have legal immigration and law and order.

A Trump supporter with a handgun in his pants argues at the state capitol in Olympia, Wash. (Photo: Genna Martin/AP)

In Indianapolis, about 30 Trump supporters rallied at the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis to denounce what they see as unfair treatment of the Republican. A local organizer, 61-year-old Patty Collins, of Indianapolis, said Trump’s critics “aren’t giving him a chance.” Trump supporters turned out Saturday in Phoenix. Media outlets reported that several hundred people participated in the Phoenix event held on a lawn at the State Capitol. In Texas, Austin police say about 300 people rallied in support of Trump in a gathering outside the Capitol during rain. Organizer Jennifer Drabbant said there have been so many protests against Trump that she and others wanted to show there are people who support him. Scores of people have rallied in Virginia Beach, Virginia, in a show of support for Trump. The Virginian-Pilot reports around 200 Trump backers showed up Saturday for the event at a park. Some held Pindostani flags and others wore “Make Pindostan Great Again” hats and Trump T-shirts. In Lansing, Michigan, about 200 Trump supporters rallied on one side of the state Capitol while 100 critics gathered on another side. Gary Taylor, 60, said:

Agree with President Trump or not, he is our president, and I think what I see happening in DC and with the Demagogs, it cannot stand!

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