Demonstrators gather on YSU’s campus for Trump’s visit

Despite the rain, over 75 people came together with the same message: "Love Trumps Hate"

Around 50 people were outside of Kilcawley Center to protest Trump's arrival, but the protests were mainly peaceful.


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – As Donald Trump spoke in Kilcawley Center on Youngstown State’s campus Monday, not everyone was there to support him.

A couple of planned organized protests were canceled due to the rain, but the biggest group there were about 75 people with the message “Love Trumps Hate.”  They included members of the YSU’s College Democrats, YSU’s Latino Organization and others.

“Even though we do have differences in opinion on who our candidates are, we’re still going to be friends at the end of the day, and that’s the important thing, to choose as well as him supporting my right to choose,” said protestor Hattie Wilkins.

The protesters came from different backgrounds and had different political ideologies. However, most of them were united in the belief that the country could use anyone in the Oval Office besides Trump.

“People took it as a joke and he was one of the last men to be standing. It’s ridiculous,” said Omar Aslam, of Youngstown.

For the first time in this campaign, Trump specifically broke down his foreign affairs policy during his speech in Youngstown.

The demonstrators standing outside, both protesters and supporters, had strong feelings about what the presidential nominee was saying.

“What he said about Hillary and Obama is 100 percent true. You might not like the way he comes across, but it is true,” said Trump supporter Michael Wall.

“It was the immigrants that built this country. It was the immigrants that fought in WWII and saved us from Hitler’s Germany. We don’t have anything to be afraid of from immigrants,” said Sue Miller, a Clinton supporter.

There were only a handful of vocal Clinton supporters with signs and shirts, and no major incidents were reported.

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