SUPPORTERS RALLY FOR PRESIDENT
Clashes erupt as gatherings take place across the country
FROM Colorado’s state capitol to Trump Tower in New York, and the Washington Monument, groups of hundreds of people rallied for President Trump on Saturday, waving “Deplorables for Trump” signs and carrying a lifesize cutout of the president.
The March 4 Trump demonstrations were held around the country, and supporters clashed with generally smaller groups of counter protesters.
In Berkeley, California, Trump supporters fought counterprotesters during a march in support of the president.
People wearing goggles, motorcycle helmets, gas masks or with their face half-covered with bandanas were seen pushing each other, throwing punches and hitting each other with the sticks holding their signs.
Six people protesting in St Paul, Minnesota, were arrested on felony riot charges after they lit fireworks inside the Minnesota state capitol and fled.
About 400 people attended the St Paul event, and about 50 showed up to protest it. Some other minor scuffles between the duelling demonstrators were quickly defused.
In Nashville, two people were arrested as protesters clashed with Trump supporters at the Tennessee capitol. The groups at times cursed at each other and made physical contact, which state troopers broke up.
Near Mar-a-Lago, the Palm
Beach Post reported that people on both sides exchanged profanity. Trump’s motorcade stopped so he could wave at supporters.
In Ohio, Trump supporter Margaret Howe, 57, of Pataskala, said she increasingly feared civil war.
“We did not want this to happen,” she said, adding, “We came out today because Trump deserves to see he still has people for him. It’s just all sad.”
Outside the state capitol in Denver, hundreds gathered and listened to speakers, including former representative Tom Tancredo, on the West Steps facing the Rocky mountains.
Many held American flags or wore red, white and blue coloured outfits, and held signs with messages like “Veterans before Refugees”.
A group of counter protesters gathered nearby. They chanted “No Trump. No KKK. No fascist USA” and held signs saying “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 America” rally in Bensalem’s Neshaminy State Park in eastern Pennsylvania’s Bucks County.
At a North Carolina rally, speakers said the media and leftwing 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.
“We’re gonna take our country back and we’re gonna establish borders and have legal immigration and law and order,” said Cherie Francis.
“And if you’re against all that, then you should be afraid.”
A supporter of US President Donald Trump holding a shield as a group of men punch a counter demonstrator during the ‘People 4 Trump’ rally in Berkeley, California, on Saturday.