A number of President Donald Trump supporters and a few protesters gathered on opposite sides of PGA Boulevard Friday night outside a Barnes and Noble. Inside the store, President Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., signed copies of his newest book for a ticket-only crowd.
Roughly 80 Trump supporters gathered outside the building and were unwavering in their support of the President, despite the ongoing impeachment inquiry and national polls that show Trump’s approval rating dipping.
“Our polls are the people, and you’ll here the president say that all the time,” said Gene Huber in a personally made shirt emblazoned with a picture of him hugging Trump on stage at a rally.
Speculation continues that Trump could lose his base supporters amid the impeachment inquiry that centers on the handling of a phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Other Republican strategists claim impeachment may actually bolster Trump voters. Demonstrators at Friday’s event agreed with the latter.
Friday also marked the three-year anniversary of President Trump’s election and roughly a year to the 2020 race.
“I don’t care. I don’t care because he is the best,” said one supporter, who introduced herself as Margie, when asked if the President could truly shoot someone on 5th Avenue and count on his base of support as he claimed in the 2016 campaign.
“He’s not perfect, he made mistakes, but not like Obama,” shouted another supporter.
Across the street were a handful anti-Trump protesters, holding signs that called the president a “liar” and asked voters to “lock them up.”
“The only thing he could possibly do to get my support is a resignation,” anti-Trump protester Joyce Brown said, adding that believes the president is stoking racial division.