Donald Trump's visit causes all-day commotion downtown

People started lining up for the rally at 9 a.m.

By Gretta Patrick | gpatrick@whbf.com

Published 07/28 2016 06:18PM

Updated 07/28 2016 06:18PM

Donald Trump's visit brought a lot of commotion downtown. People started showing up at the Adler Theatre early Thursday morning. 
 
A few different Trump merchandise vendors arrived early Thursday. Marc Daniels was one of them. Daniels travels the country selling Donald Trump signs, but with a twist. They're written in Hebrew.
 
"Basically every one of these Hebrew letters has very deep mystical roots," Daniels said, referring to Trump's name. 
 
Trump's supporters started showing up hours before the doors opened. Scott Lawson says he's met Trump before. He showed up early for the chance to meet him again. 
 
"I believe that the principles that he espouses are the principles of conservatism, and the principles that I think will: One, help lift people out of poverty; two, make the world safer for everybody; and three, really bring people together," Lawson said. 
 
Lawson was joined by hundreds of fellow Trump supporters. Joe Schneckloth came to see first hand what Trump's really about. 
 
"I'm not necessarily for Trump. I'm just  not for Hillary, so I would like to see what the other side has to offer more than anything," Schneckloth said. 
 
Also showing up early were protesters. Chris Rice showed up at 10:30 a.m.
 
"I see Donald Trump getting in a Twitter war with world leaders over who's fat and ugly, and it ends in a nuclear holocaust," Rice said. 
 
And Pamela Pilcher-Spencer, a Davenport teacher and black lives matter activist. She's against Trump because she fears he'll silence peaceful protests. 
 
"I'm afraid that he insinuated during his speech that we're going to crack down on these [protests], that people are not going to be able to use their constitutional rights to object to him," Pilcher-Spencer said. 
 
Trump's Davenport stop was a short one. After his speech at the Adler, he headed off to Cedar Rapids and another rally.
 

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