Trump draws big crowds, some protesters ahead of Spokane rally
SPOKANE, Wash. — The dozens of protesters gathered outside the Spokane Convention Center were outnumbered by supporters of Donald Trump who lined up early for the presumptive GOP presidential candidate’s rally in the northeastern Washington city.
One woman, 38-year-old Erin McLaughlin of Spokane, was denied entry to the event. McLaughlin, who was wearing a white halo on her head, said Trump staff wouldn’t let her in because she wasn’t a supporter. McLaughlin said she opposes Trump’s incendiary speech, which she says makes people feel unsafe.
Another protester, 30-year-old Blaine Dan McLay, wore a “Stop Trump” hat. McLay said Trump’s ideas “make no sense” and he’s “xenophobic, misogynistic and racist.”
But there were far more backers of the New York businessman gathering in downtown Spokane.
Mike Fagen, a Spokane City Councilman, said he likes Trump because the New York businessman rattled the Democratic Republican establishment.
And 40-year-old Jason Flowers of Spokane said he liked Trump’s “honesty.”
Trump was due to speak at noon and had a 3 p.m. rally scheduled on the other side of Washington state in Lynden.
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