President Donald Trump held a campaign rally Sept. 16 in support of his 2020 presidential reelection bid at the Santa Ana Star Center.
He drew a crowd of thousands, which also included protesters. It was ultimately a peaceful affair, although words flew between protesters and Trump supporters outside of the venue.
Outside the Star Center, around 200 protesters gathered in a designated “peaceful assembly” area with signs reading “Dump Trump,” and “stop pretending your racism is patriotic,” among others.
At around 7:20 p.m., President Trump came on stage, finally satisfying an anxious crowd.
“Even with the #MeToo movement, you are better-looking,” Trump said to the crowd as he launched into his hour-long speech.
The overarching theme of the speech was jobs — especially those in the oil and gas industry in New Mexico. The president also reiterated his desire to turn New Mexico into a Republican state in 2020.
When addressing the wedge issue of gun control, he assured attendees that he would protect their Second Amendment rights if reelected. Recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio have reinvigorated the gun debate in the U.S.
Trump also responded to a recent impeachment challenge in the U.S. House of Representatives. He said no president should be treated the way he has been, going on to say that the lives of all U.S. citizens have improved since he became president in 2016.
Justin Garcia is the Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Lobo. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @Just516garc