Trump supporters gather at Capitol in Lansing
- Author: Jack Replman Mar 06, 2017,
Mar 06, 2017, 0:44
Charles Reed and Jane Fornal drove into Palm Springs from Westminster after seeing something about the event online.
"We did not want to have something like this happen", Margaret Howe, who attended a rally in OH, told the Associated Press, saying she fears the country's divisions could spark a second Civil War.
"They love their country and they love what Donald Trump represents, which is about making America first", Worthington said. "We just want America to be number one again", said Dusty Holmes, of Naples.
Rally officials said there was one protester outside the event, but they left shortly after it began. She said the rally was worth the trip.
It was a sentiment echoed at the D.C. rally, where a man who identified himself as a registered Democrat told the gathering he was frustrated with the worldwide women's marches the day after Trump's inauguration.
One pro-Trump supporter was apparently sprayed in the face with Mace, just before 3 p.m. Blood was coming from his nose and friends were cleaning his eyes with a T-shirt. "If you are a true American you should support President Trump".
Rallies were scheduled in about 50 cities, including Las Vegas, according to organizers.
Tensions escalated when both groups started voicing their opinions about President Trump's political agenda, according to CNN affiliate KRON.
Approximately two dozen protesters were also at the rally holding a banner that read: "No ban, no wall" and chanting "we'll tear it down".
In Florida, near Mar-a-Lago, people on both sides exchanged profanity, the Palm Beach Post reported. Trump's motorcade briefly stopped so he could wave at supporters.
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.
People attending the rally said Trump's economic policy is going to benefit all Americans and they say they support his attempts to make American borders safe.
A group of protesters gathered at the bottom of the plaza amid considerable police presence.
Neither group got a permit to protest, White said.
Anti-Trump protesters try to take a large piece of wood away from a Trump supporter at a rally for President Donald Trump at Martin Luther King Jr. "We came out today because Trump deserves to see he still has people for him". Draped in a Trump/Pence flag, Castro said she would like to see the media spend more time covering the president's allegations of Obama's wrongdoings.
"After this, I think people will take the hint", said former U.S. Marine David Moore, 42, a participant in the rally.
At one point, someone set off a smoke bomb. Photo: Ted FriedmanA police officer tends to a person injured during the March 4 demo in Berkeley drew pro-Trump and anti-Trump protesters.