Frontrunner for the Republican nomination Donald Trump made a stop in St. Louis at the Peabody Opera House on Friday to show some love to his supporters in Missouri, where he is leading in polls ahead of the state’s primary. Trump had a busy day, which consisted of flying to Miami for a morning rally, St. Louis at noon, and Chicago for a rally that ended up being postponed over security concerns. In St. Louis, Trump filled the Opera House, which has a capacity of 3,100. Trump was not only able to fill the entire Opera House, but also another hall in the Peabody where supporters could go and experience the rally with audio only.
Trump supporters start to fill the Peabody Opera House at a Trump rally in March.
Many protesters gathered on the streets outside the Peabody Opera House to show their disapproval for Trump and the people who were attending the rally. Many of the protesters remained peaceful. However, there were a large number that resorted to violence.
While some protesters tried to convey messages of love or peace, others went with messages of hate.
One of the many Trump supporters, Blake Stephen, waits in line to get into the Opera House. With him he brought a Donald Trump pinata that his friend’s mom won during a Republican convention.
More protesters fill the streets of downtown St. Louis in an effort to show their dismay for Trump being in St. Louis.
Protesters brought brought signs with them to help spread their individual messages.
St. Louis resident Howard Cox joins the protesters standing in the streets outside of the Peabody Opera House before the Trump rally. Cox protested the rally because of his personal beliefs about Donald Trump. “Trump stands for hate and I don’t stand for hate,” he said.
St. Louis resident Faris Mashaleha holds a sign that reads, “Muslims love America too.” His protesting was not just about Trump. “I’m here to show people who the Muslims really are,” he said. “We’re just normal people. I get up in the morning. I got to school. I drink Starbucks. I play video games. I go to the mall. I do everything these people do.”
Donald Trump comes out on stage to an eruption of people shouting “Trump” and “Build the wall.” His opening remarks were about the most recent debate and how they’ve been helpful since “we’re leading in every single poll.”
Donald Trump speaks to his supporters during his rally in St. Louis. One of Trump’s biggest points on the afternoon was his connection to his supporters. “See, this doesn’t get talked about in the press, the love that’s in this room,” he said.
Protesters interrupt Donald Trump’s rally by holding up signs and linking arms in a circle to prevent the police from escorting them out. Some of the protesters who interrupted the rally left peacefully while others had to be forcefully removed.
Donald Trump thanks his supporters for coming out as he heads off stage. During his last sentence of the rally, he had one more protester interrupt him. Trump said: “Right in the middle of my last sentence, I had a half a sentence to go, I was finished. I could get the hell out of here and he stands up.”
Protesters of the Trump Rally were waiting outside of the front doors of the Peabody Opera House in order to catch everyone as they left the venue.
Many of the protesters waiting at the end of the Trump rally were supporters of Bernie Sanders. They held up signs either showing their loyalty to Sanders or their hatred for Trump.
A supporter of Donald Trump who attended the rally shows his own disapproval of the protesters waiting outside the front doors of the Opera House.