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El Paso Turns Out In Extreme Temperatures To Protest Trumps Visit

Hundreds of protesters gathered at Washington Park. There were also some protesters near the hospital where President Trump visited survivors and met with first responders.

Two protesters hold signs criticizing President Donald Trump’s visit to El Paso on Aug. 7, 2019, to meet with first responders and survivors of the mass shooting that occurred on Aug. 3, 2019.

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visited El Paso Wednesday afternoon to meet with first responders and survivors of Saturday’s mass shooting.

Those who greeted the president include Gov. Greg Abbott, Sen. John Cornyn, Sen. Ted Cruz, El Paso Mayor Dee Margo and others.

Residents, however, turned out in force to protest the visit.

It was hot and humid at El Paso’s Washington Park, but hundreds of protesters were there holding signs that declared: “Not Welcome,” “Brown and Proud,” and “Fuera Trump,” which translates to “Trump Get Out.”

Callie Weston brandished a large sign that read “Ban Assault Weapons Now.”

The evening of the shooting, which killed 22 people, she said she visited asylum seekers at a local detention center.

“And I said them, ‘You realize, you were safe. You were one of the few people in El Paso, because you were locked up in a detention center, you were safe,’” said Weston.

Also in Washington Park was Karen Powers, who staffed a table registering people to vote. She said Trump was not welcome in her city.

“It’s like inviting the murderer to the funeral to me,” she said. “I think it’s that gross.”

Many of the demonstrators carried signs blaming Trump directly for inspiring the alleged shooter through his anti-immigrant rhetoric.

Richie Huerta was one of the demonstrators and said he thinks assault weapons should not be available to civilians.

“We’re not fighting a war here. Now it seems that’s what it looks like,” he said. “I know people need a handgun or whatever to have for their own protection and everything, but you don’t need those kind of rifles here in the United States. Leave that to the Army.”

Less than a mile away, Trump was at the University Medical Center meeting with their staff and other first responders — as well as survivors of the shooting.

There were smaller crowds of protesters near side streets of the hospital.

Back at the Walmart where the shooting took place, El Pasoans continued to gather near a memorial outside the store. According to reports from the El Paso Police department, some protest groups began “clashing against each other.”

Before coming to El Paso, Trump also visited Dayton, Ohio where a mass shooting took place early Sunday morning killing 10 people including the shooter.

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