CINCINNATI (WCMH) — The sun beat down on the concrete and President Trump supporters waited, stood, and fanned themselves to stay cool.
“It’s self explanatory, you know. Trump is not racist. Republicans are not racist.”
That’s the message one Trump 2020 supporter wanted to share–so badly, he drove all the way from Miami, Florida to Cincinnati to hear President Donald Trump speak Thursday night at the Keep America Great rally.
Of the thousands lined up outside the US Bank Arena, many of them were from right here in Ohio.
Sherry Wurster lives a few blocks away at The Banks along the Ohio River. She came with friends to hear the President of the United States.
“We need him back in office again to straighten this place up,“ Wurster declared.
A recent Army recruit jumped in the back of the line around 2:30 in the afternoon. Samuel Schmidtz recently graduated from Peebles High School, about an hour east of downtown Cincinnati. He made a sign with the hopes of meeting the president.
“I came to see President Trump give his rally speech just because I want to see what his upcoming arguments are for the 2020 election,” explained Schmidtz.
As for his sign and actually meeting the president, he thinks his chances are really good.
“I think that he’ll see it and with how much he respects our troops and how much he cares for them, I think he’ll see it and be really proud to have me up there,” Schmidtz predicted.
Once the people who came to see President Trump grabbed their seats in U.S. Bank Arena, a handful of protesters arrived.
Many of them yelling traditional chants of “No Justice, No Peace,” and, “Not my President.” There about 30 in the group. Some were wearing regular clothes and others wore black T-shirts with the phrase “Black lives matter.”
Cincinnati Police formed a line to keep the two groups apart. There were a few heated exchanges, but nobody outside allowed any disagreements to advance beyond raised voices.
One woman, Cathy Scoby, stood quietly with two friends with each carrying signs.
“I was just here to express myself and this seemed to be the most appropriate place”, said Scoby.
She composed a picture of President Trump on a canvas with acrylic paint with the words, “Mr. Hate leave our state.”
She said she typically paints nature scenes of animals and plants. This painting came out of passion.
“It was channeled with anger,” Scoby said with giggle of discomfort. “And I wanted to be here to express my displeasure.”
Most of the protestors walked away long before the president finished his speech.