GUILFORD – As President Donald Trump visited Puritan Medical Products in Guilford on Friday, protesters gathered at the corner of the street leading to the building.
The group was protesting for the Black Lives Matter movement.
“I think right now with how things are going, its important to make sure that people know that even in this small town, we still care, and we’re still speaking up for the people who are not able to speak up for themselves,” said Raejean Robinson, a Brownville resident.
The protest remained peaceful minus verbal debates between protesters chanting, “black lives matter” and Trump supporters chanting,”all lives matter.”
Although she is glad Trump is thanking the employees at Puritan Medical Products for their work making swabs to test for COVID-19, Natalia Jacob, a resident in the area and a protester, said she thinks he is using this as an escape from everything else.
“I think that he is trying to escape from a lot of the chaos that he’s been experiencing in other places,” Jacob said.
While the protest took place, Trump supporters lined the streets with excitement.
“An opportunity to see our president, who I loved voting for in 2016,” said John Fickett, a resident of Western Maine. “He has done nothing to change my mind.”
Although their opinions are different, Mikki Buckland, a Friendship resident and Trump supporter, said the protesters have a right to use their voices.
“I think that every American has the right to say their voice, whether positive or negative,” Buckland said.
Overall, everyone seemed to be looking for peace.