Trump protesters vocal and passionate

Still clutching his cloth sign, a protester, bottom left, yells as he and another protester are escorted out of Donald Trump’s rally at West Star Aviation by Secret Service agents Tuesday.

Only one person was arrested at Donald Trump’s rally Tuesday in Grand Junction, though dozens of protesters were stationed outside the hangar where the candidate spoke and at least four people were removed from the rally.

Sloan Tucker, a 19-year-old Colorado Mesa University student, said she was arrested after a ruckus caused when the people around her in the rally started heckling her about her T-shirt.

Tucker had inched her way into the VIP section behind the stage where Trump stood at the podium, and was standing there with her 17-year-old friend, Alana Dodero, who attends Grand Junction High School. About 30 minutes into Trump’s speech, a ruckus caught his eye and he drew attention to the disturbance, asking if it was a protester being paid to disrupt the event. The crowd started to boo and people in the stands started yelling and pointing at the ruckus.

Tucker said the disturbance started with people standing near her who got in her face about the “Black Lives Matter” T-shirt she wore to the event.

What many people didn’t see was what happened when Trump turned and looked at the girls.

“I made eye contact with him and I said, ‘Hey Donald Trump, f*** you,’ ” Tucker said. “And that’s basically when I got escorted out.”

Other protesters were less noticeable in the crowd, or chose to stay in the “free speech zone” outside the security checkpoint.

Grand Junction residents Alexis Skeen, 17, and Sierra Garcia, 24, stood outside the rally with a sign advertising “free hugs,” and ended up having about 300 people take them up on the offer. Skeen was wearing a Jill Stein shirt and Garcia was wearing a Black Lives Matter shirt, which kept some Trump supporters from coming any closer.

Some people yelled, “Get a job!” or “Get off welfare!” but others accepted bottled water from them and gave hugs.

Although Skeen can’t vote yet, she came to the rally with her dad, 39-year-old Shane McDonnell, and said she felt it was important to send a peaceful message of unity.

“We’re all people, so we’re basically made of the same stuff,” Skeen said. “It’s hard to think that people would hate somebody else based on something so superficial as an opinion.”

Things were not as peaceful within the rally.

Tucker said she was “roughed up” as the security workers moved her through the crowd and that someone grabbed her throat at one point. Then she was handed off to police who told her she was being arrested for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

As Tucker and Dodero were escorted away by security, the crowd started chanting, “USA! USA!” and Trump turned back to the podium.

“Can you believe they get paid for doing this, by the Democratic National Committee?” Trump said after they were dragged away.

“Oh, I’m sure their parents are very proud of them,” he added with a smirk.

Tucker said she doesn’t know what her parents will think, but she wants people to know she wasn’t paid to cause trouble at the rally and never intended for the incident to happen, but she doesn’t regret it.

“The only reason I wanted to go in the first place was I was trying to understand the hype,” she said. “I wasn’t there to incite violence.”

But on Tuesday night, she was still riding an adrenaline high from being dragged out of a political rally and was proud of the experience, because she’s thinking of a political future and this might be the start.

“I’m honestly kind of glad this happened,” Tucker said. “It was a really important experience for me to have.”


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Kudos to the vocal and passionate Trump protestors who stood tall in defense of “truth, justice, and the American Way”.  It’s now time for the Sentinel’s editors to join them in opposing Trump’s candidacy and preserving its journalistic integrity by endorsing Hillary Clinton for President.

Perhaps in response to local “deplorables’” whining about its purported “anti-Trump bias”, the Sentinel gave “wall-to-wall” coverage to Trump’s “whistlestop” in Grand Junction yesterday – without mentioning that his turnout (less than 4000) was much smaller than Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole’s on November 3, 1996. 

Predictably, the Sentinel’s coverage also included not one word of “fact-checking” – even though Charles Ashby aptly noted that Trump spent most of his 50-minute “speech” merely “repeating verbal attacks he’s launched at other campaign stops against” the media and his eminently more qualified Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton, most of which have been substantially or entirely debunked by multiple reliable sources.  For example, just today the Washington Post’s “fact checker” Glenn Kessler gave Trump “three Pinocchios” (“mostly false”) for alleging collusion between the State Department and the FBI regarding a belatedly up-classified but originally “Unclassified” e-mail.  See:

Likewise, FBI Director James Comey stated and testified last July that “there was no intentional misconduct in connection with” the sorting and belated destruction of Hillary’s 30,000 personal e-mails.  Meanwhile, Trump still refuses to disclose his tax returns (offering only lies), and his third “trophy wife” and resume-falsifying would-be “first lady” has not yet proven that she did not commit immigration fraud.

What becomes perfectly clear from the opinions expressed by the Trump supporters interviewed by the Sentinel’s reporters is that both the Donald Trump they adulate and the Hillary Clinton they revile are both figments of their delusional imaginations. 

For this, the Sentinel’s reluctance to “fact-check” Trump remains sordidly responsible – and can best be disabused by a forceful endorsement of Hillary Clinton for President.

Good job protesters, stand up without fear.  It was awesome, If Hillary was arriving, the situation would have become violent, 100% sure of it.  I was there.

“The only reason I wanted to go in the first place was I was trying to understand the hype,” she said. “I wasn’t there to incite violence.”
“I made eye contact with him and I said, ‘Hey Donald Trump, f*** you,’ ” Tucker said. “And that’s basically when I got escorted out.”

I’m sure her parents must be so proud of their daughter telling someone to f…off!

Good Job Sandra L Gagne, I hope your parents are proud. I’d be proud to raise a confident and educated woman who speaks her truth.  Carry on and continue to hold your head high.  The opposition can care less about you. The opposition only thinks they should be heard. It always cracks me up when I hear, “We fought for your freedom of speech, but dang it, don’t say that”! What a funny scene that day, working on my photo mockumentary.  Glorious times, welcome President Hillary Clinton! Let the people speak and let the numbers be counted.


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