Dems protest Trump’s lat­est stop in Delco Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date speaks at Sun Cen­ter Stu­dios

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Rick Kauff­man rkauff­man@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @Kauf­fee_DT on Twit­ter

CH­ESTER TOWN­SHIP >> “Some peo­ple call him Mr. Trump, I would like to re­fer to him since he likes throw­ing out names as Mr. Bigot, Mr. Hater of Per­sons With Dis­abil­i­ties, Mr. De­spiser of Women.”

Strong words from Ch­ester Mayor Thad­deus Kirk­land from the other side of the fence at Sun Cen­ter Stu­dios Thursday when Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Don­ald Trump was set to speak.

“This is the man or the in­di­vid­ual that wants to be com­man­der in chief of our great United States,” Kirk­land said. “Un­der­stand­ing that I say ‘United’ States.”

Kirk­land joined oth­ers in protest of the ar­rival of Trump, a small gath­er­ing of Hil­lary Clin­ton sup­port­ers, sur­ro­gates, lo­cal politi­cians and Demo­cratic can­di­dates, aimed to send a strong mes­sage to Trump in his se­cond Delaware County ap­pear­ance in as many weeks.

“To Mr. Trump we say, no to di­vi­sive­ness, no to ha­tred, no to you,” Kirk­land said. “Some may say we’re small in num­ber, we’re not hav­ing a rally, we’re stand­ing shoul­der to shoul­der in protest to

the com­ing of this per­son to this area.”

Marty Mol­loy, the Demo­cratic can­di­date to the 9th District state Se­nate seat, the chal­lenger to Tom Kil­lion, R-9 of Mid­dle­town, spoke out fer­vently of the words that have come from Trump’s mouth: “That is not what we teach our chil­dren.”

“How do we teach our chil­dren to re­spect peo­ple dif­fer­ent from us, to love and ac­cept all kinds of peo­ple?” asked Mol­loy. “The GOP wants to ban an en­tire re­li­gion from this county.”

The ex­clu­siv­ity of the Sun Cen­ter Stu­dios made it dif­fi­cult for those in dif­fer­ence to Don­ald Trump to find a venue to make their voices heard. Months ago when Don­ald Trump held a rally in down­town West Ch­ester, pro-Trump and the an­tiTrump (re: Bernie San­ders sup­port­ers) stood op­po­site each other and chal­lenged their op­po­nents with sig­nage and chant.

Thursday, only those with tick­ets gained the en­try nec­es­sary to the com­plex where the Repub­li­can nom­i­nee re­ceived a cham­pion-wor­thy en­trance to the likes of the leg­endary col­lege bas­ket­ball coach, Bobby Knight.

“No­body can help us as a na­tion take care of prob­lems the way Don­ald Trump

can,” Knight said, who ref­er­enced his own suc­cesses as the win­ningest coach of all time at the time of his re­tire­ment, as be­ing a re­sult of sur­round­ing him­self with “great play­ers” and the “best minds.”

He sug­gests that in the pres­i­dency, Don­ald Trump would do the same.

Trump, too, fo­cused his speech Thursday on sep­a­rat­ing him­self from poli­cies while es­tab­lish­ing him­self as the po­lit­i­cal out­sider with the busi­ness chops nec­es­sary to bring change.

“What else do you have to lose?” Trump asked, re­mark­ing on the crime stats in ur­ban ar­eas.

“I say to the African Amer­i­can com­mu­nity, I say to the His­panic com­mu­nity, th­ese are com­mu­ni­ties in the in­ner cities that have tremen­dous lev­els of poverty, bad ed­u­ca­tion and no jobs, and the cities are so dan­ger­ous, you go to the store and you or your child gets shot,” Trump said. “I say to you, what do you have to lose?”

Yet, those re­makes have come too lit­tle, too late for many who were grossly af­fected by Trump’s re­marks early in his cam­paign when he was merely one of a group of 17 Repub­li­can pri­mary con­tenders.

“Don­ald Trump has showed his di­vi­sive­ness by way of his com­ments, by try­ing to be an in­tim­ida­tor, and by alien­at­ing other per­sons of re­li­gious back­grounds,” Kirk­land said. “To­day we stand in con­trast of a hate-filled per­son com­ing into Delaware County.”

Hil­lary Clin­ton ear­lier last week made a stop at Tem­ple Univer­sity, but has yet to visit Delaware County, a key bat­tle­ground area in the state. If Trump’s two re­cent vis­its are an in­di­ca­tion of the im­por­tance of south­east­ern Penn­syl­va­nia, then let the lo­cal can­di­dates put that de­bate to rest.

“South­east­ern Penn­syl­va­nia, Delaware County, mat­ters,” Mol­loy said. “As Delaware County goes, I think it’s a bell­wether for the en­tire elec­tion.”

RICK KAUFF­MAN - DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Don­ald Trump spoke in­side Stu­dio 2 in the Ch­ester Town­shiplo­cated Sun Cen­ter Stu­dios to a crowd of thou­sands Thursday night.

RICK KAUFF­MAN - DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Don­ald Trump placed blame dur­ing his speech in Ch­ester Town­ship Thursday night on al­leged failed po­lit­i­cal poli­cies of Democrats in city gov­ern­ments.

PETE BANNAN — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Trump merchandise is dis­played for sale in front of Sun Cen­ter Stu­dios be­fore the Trump rally Thur­day evening.

PETE BANNAN — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

A man sup­port­ing Anoy­mous hack­ers protests out­side of the Sun Cen­ter be­fore the Trump rally Thur­day evening. The man, who did not want to be iden­ti­fied, said he was from Delaware County. He said he also protests at Hil­lary Clin­ton ral­lies.

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