As the President gave his speech inside the Covelli Center in Youngstown Tuesday, hundreds of supporters who could not get in, because the arena was at capacity, gathered to watch outside.
There, hundreds of supporters were met with protestors — a good depiction of Mahoning County, Ohio — split right down the middle, just as it was during the 2016 election.
Cheers of support rallying around his message were met with chants of “lock him up” from a large group of nearby protestors.
“I think it’s what he’s been saying all along,” said Trump supporter Nick Schepis.
Schepis drove from Parma Heights to hear the President speak. Schepis says its the President's continued promises that still resonate with him six months after he entered office.
“What he continues to promise, that he will do his very best to deliver to the American people that voted for him.”
“He is fake and he is not my president,” said Yvonne Eilane.
Eilane, a Youngstown resident and protestor, joined a large group of opposition outside the arena and made sure the President knew she was there.
“He’s doing campaign speeches, we need healthcare, people are sick and dying and he’s in there talking about the Taliban. He should have his self in Washington working on what the people need,” she said.
Protestors and supporters were essentially side by side throughout the President’s speech. There were no instances of violence, though a few protestors were escorted out of the arena during the president’s speech.