Protests in Youngstown, Ohio on Tuesday served as a counter-point to Donald Trump's campaign-style rally in the working class town, telling the president that he was "not welcome," has failed to fulfill his campaign promises, and is pushing a disastrous healthcare bill.
Trump's rally at the Covelli Centre (located in a county that narrowly voted for rival Hillary Clinton) took place as he claims historically low approval ratings and hours after the Senate voted to begin debating Trumpcare.
Two anti-Trump rallies took place—the Democrat-backed Rally to Save Our Care a few blocks away from the Covelli Centre, and the Refuse Fascism-organized rally just outside the Trump event.
Among the hundreds at the healthcare rally was Mary Celio of Youngstown. She said to local WFMJ: "I've got two sons and four brothers with pre-existing conditions that without the Affordable Care Act would have no ability to have healthcare at all and that is unacceptable in a rich country like this."
Others held signs reading "Repeal and Replace Trump," "Number 45 you're unfit, just quit," and "Liar, liar, pants on fire."
Social media users captured scenes from that event on Twitter:
— Kathy DiCristofaro (@womenscaucus) July 26, 2017
— David Pepper (@DavidPepper) July 25, 2017
— Christopher Anderson (@cjanderson1988) July 25, 2017
— For Our Future Ohio (@ForOurFutureOH) July 25, 2017
— Eli Kalil (@elikalil_) July 25, 2017
The Refuse Fascism group, the Youngstown Vidicator reports, "was in front of Covelli Centre for several hours before the president's arrival, using a bullhorn and an array of signs to argue that Trump's presidency was illegitimate."
Trump protesters made their way into the president's rally as well. According to Cleveland.com four people were removed from the event. Trump took time to mock at least two of them.
Of one, Trump said: "Boy, he's a young one. He's going back home to mommy. Oh, is he in trouble. He's in trouble. He's in trouble. And I'll bet his mommy voted for us, right?" NBC has video:
— NBC Bay Area (@nbcbayarea) July 26, 2017
Another protestor, Agence France-Presse reports,
held up a "Trump/Pence must go" flag as he was dragged out by police and berated and roughed up by the crowd.
"Where the hell did he come from?" Trump asked mockingly.
Trump, for his part, offered his supporters bizarre statements including: "With the exception of the late, great Abraham Lincoln, I can be more presidential than any president that's ever held this office," though he said that acting presidential is "not gonna to get it done."
He also said: "We are dismantling and destroying the bloodthirsty criminal gangs, and well, I will just tell you in, we're not doing it in a politically correct fashion. We're doing it rough."
Of the factory jobs lost in the town, Trump promised: "We're going to get those jobs coming back, and we're going to fill up those factories or rip them down and build brand new ones. It's going to happen."
Regarding his face appearing on Mount Rushmore, he said:
Every single President on Mt. Rushmore—now here's what i do. I'd ask whether or not you think I will some day be on Mt. Rushmore, but, but here's the problem. If I did it joking, totally joking, having fun, the fake news media will say, "he believes he should be on Mt. Rushmore." So I won't say it, okay? I won't say it. But every president—they'll say it anyway tomorrow. "Trump thinks he should be on Mt. Rushmore." Isn't that terrible? What a group. What a dishonest group of people, I'll tell you.
He also declared that "when America is united, America is totally unstoppable. Although I'll be totally honest with you even if it's not united we're unstoppable so don't worry. We're gonna to be unstoppable either way but it would be nice, wouldn't it?"