BANGOR – President trump landed at Bangor International Airport Friday. Hundreds of supporters and protesters gathered nearby for his arrival.
Hundreds of “anti-Trump” protesters gathered for what was thought to be a peaceful protest. That didn’t stop Trump supporters from making their presence known.
People from all over gathered sharing a similar message: change is necessary.
“It’s that little bit of hope that something could happen, and I could walk away from this and be fine because I have so much privilege as a white person,” said Ivy Sanborn, who was there to protest the president’s visit. “But I’m not here for myself. I am here for my friends of color and the people that I love and I want them to know that they matter.”
Michael Von Rotz said there needs to be additional requirements for law enforcement.
“It takes a barber 1,500 hours to get certified. It takes a police officer on average 953 hours to become a police officer and they have the power of the law in their hands. That’s ridiculous to me and there needs to be some reform of their educational programs, and I would like to see more collaboration between black communities and police officers around the country,” Von Rotz said.
Others said they showed up to show their support.
“We wanted to be part of the crowd and show our support and obviously racial injustice and anti-president and what not, just to show our face in the crowd and show our support that way,” said Devon McPhee, who was at the airport to protest President Donald Trump.
“Just seeing us together today will help people know we are in this together, to get our lives where we’re happy again about who we are as a country and a people,” another protester said.
Trump supporters showed up as well. While there were verbal altercations between both groups, it did not appear to escalate beyond that.