As the New York Primary approaches, April 19th, the presidential candidates are rushing to the capital region to sway potential voters. On Monday afternoon, April 11th, Bernie and Kasich held their rallies. But the most anticipated one had to be Trumps later that night.
When Trumped announced that he would be coming to Albany to speak there were many different reactions. But one thing was clear, it was going to be a sold out show.
Leaving for Albany, New York now, massive crowd expected. Very exciting!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 11, 2016
Supporters of Trump were excited to hear his famous, or infamous depending on how you view it, speeches. And he followed through, with talks of building a wall around the Mexican border and having tariffs on Mexican goods, cheers could be heard inside the Times Union Center. People held up American flags and homemade signs saying “Make American Great Again,” along with wearing the slogan on shirts and hats.
(AP Photo/Mike Groll)
But it was not only Trump’s supporters excited to have the presidential candidate in Albany. Throughout the day I heard excited chatter among other college students, who realized that this was their chance at protesting what they believed were racist and negative views coming from Trump. Many of the protesters gathered on South Pearl Street, holding up signs and chanting against Trump.
Similar signs like the one above were held by protesters in Albany, NY. (Photo by Elif Koc/PBS NewsHour)
Some people were just excited to be a part of the political process, and went to both the Bernie and Trump rallies to gather information and hear them speak. But not everyone was happy about Trump showing up to Albany.
Liz Parisi, a 22-year-old college student, said that she did not attend the Trump rally.
“You see people get beat up or attacked at his rallies. I wouldn’t go just because of safety reasons. People get crazy at those things.” Parisi said.
In past Trump rallies there have been violent clashes between his supporters and protesters. Protesters have claimed to be hit, pushed and even grouped. With that, police in Albany were in full force. You could see cops patrolling the streets and protesters and when things became too heated inside the Times Union Building, protesters were seen escorted out by security.
But like the past Trump rallies, it didn’t go without some incidents. A video is circulating of a Trmp supporter hitting a protester in the face, twice, after they got into a argument.
While I won’t be voting for Trump anytime soon. It was interesting to see the range of emotions that he caused and just the vast amount of people that he has following him. His popularity can be seen throughout social media, with his 7.66 million followers, and the non-stop mentioning of him on the news and even in pop culture.