A little over one hundred protesters – mostly left wing “snowflakes” in their twenties – gathered in front of the television satellite trucks in front of the Nashville Municipal Auditorium on Wednesday as an estimated 10,000 supporters heard from President Trump inside.
“There were a few protesters who were clearly trying to get the attention of the media, and the media was obliging them with more attention than their numbers deserved, ” one Trump supporter who was outside the Nashville Municipal Auditorium just before the event started told the The Tennessee Star.
The Trump supporter said all the energy of the day was with the large pro-Trump crowd, not the few anti-Trump protesters.
“This was a huge crowd that came out to support President Trump,” another person who attended the event said. “Nashville saw nothing like it on the various occasions when President Obama came to town – and this is a Democrat-majority city. Supporters of President Trump vastly outnumbered the protesters. In a Democrat city.”
The local media coverage of the protesters, on the other hand, made a different editorial decision.
Straining credulity in the name of “balance,” the media outlets on the scene seemed to be interested in the protesters’ anti-Trump message, which melted in the face of the hugely enthusiastic wave of support for the president.
Another Trump supporter who was able to make it in just before the doors closed told The Star that as many as 5,000 Trump supporters were turned away from the event, even though the start was delayed by half an hour to accommodate the security clearance bottleneck.
One Trump supporter – B.L. – didn’t get in, but stayed outside the venue for the duration of the rally to show her support. “For the last 45 minutes to an hour we knew we would not get inside and so did those around us, but all stayed in support of the President and his agenda.”
“In those hours,” she said, “we probably saw only six to eight protesters until we actually got to the entrance. Even there, we saw fewer than 50.”
“When I got home and tried to catch the TV coverage, two channels spent as much or more time focused on the protesters than on the supporters of President Trump who stayed in line chatting with one another.”
B.L. said that she and her friends enjoyed the fellowship of their like-minded rally goers. “We were pleased to be there with a very large congenial group of folks – not marching in the streets, not blocking streets, not wearing offensive shirts and not yelling out offensive language.
“I looked at our line several times and had to smile – there were all ages, all races, some athletes, some in wheel chairs or using canes, some expensively dresses most in denim, but all were polite to one another. It was an optimistic gathering – except I didn’t see that portrayed in the media.”
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