by Fleur Magbanua-Mansur, ABS-CBN News
PHOENIX, AZ — President Trump supporters waited in long lines to enter the Phoenix convention center Tuesday in downtown Phoenix amidst triple digit temperatures, while thousands protested just a block away carrying signs showing their opposition to Trump’s administration.
The two polarized groups were separated by barricades, set up by police.
“I think it’s us that is dividing the country. It’s us that has to make that difference. We should not have hate. We should just support him,” said Trump supporter Emilyn Hudson.
Inside the convention, Trump attacked the media.
“These are truly dishonest people. And not all of them. Not all of them. You have some very good reporters. You have some very fair journalists. But for the most part, honestly, these are really, really dishonest people, and they’re bad people,” he said.
He criticized two Arizona Republican senators, defended his Charlottesville response, threatened to shut down the government if the wall is not built, and hinted at his plan to pardon former sheriff Joe Arpaio – all delivered in a campaign-style rally.
“I think he needs to do that. And I think the sheriff did not do any crime from what I’m hearing or from what I’ve read. That’s my opinion,” said Hudson.
For the most part, the Trump rally was peaceful until protesters started throwing rocks and bottles at police officers prompting the police to toss tear gas and pepper spray to disperse the crowd—violence broke just a few minutes after Trump finished his speech–the reason why city Mayor Stanton did not want Trump in Phoenix.
“He has no respect for anybody. He is out of control the people here need to rise up and help remove him. He needs to be impeached,” said protestor Gabriel Scabby.
But for Hudson, Trump is all what America needs.
“We needed a change. And for me, like he says make America great again. I believe that,” she said.
Four arrests were made after protesters clashed with Phoenix police after Trump rally.