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Excitement, protests greet Trump as he arrives in Greensboro for fundraiser

October 8th, 2017

— President Donald Trump was in North Carolina for the first time as president Saturday evening.

Old Irving Park- a golf course neighborhood in Greensboro- was full of excitement over the prospect of playing host to the President of the United States.

“The whole neighborhood is abuzz. It’s quite an event,” said Trump supporter Jack Reilly. “If President Obama were here, I’d be equally excited. I think it’s great for the city. Very exciting.”

Trump was visiting the home of big-time Republican donor Louis DeJoy and his wife, Aldona Wos, who is vice chair of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships, for a fundraiser.

“It’s a little bit exciting. There are a lot of police cars here and a lot of activity,” said resident Trisha Edwards. “I think it’s exciting for him to be here and we’re always interested in what the president has to say.”

Some of that activity included protestors, who stood in the pouring rain to let Trump know he was not welcome in their area.

“Earlier I had [a sign] that said ‘Mr. Hate, get out of our state,’ but it dissolved,” said protester Linda Archer.

The rain wasn’t enough to dampen the message the group wanted to send to Trump. They were joined by other protesters, who spread out around Greensboro.

“So we could just let our feelings be known that he is not welcome in Greensboro, or even in our country,” Archer said.

Other people felt differently, including a pair who stood in the rain to show their support.

“We realize we’re the only two here, but we’re just trying to show people that you don’t have to be scared to stand for you beliefs,” said Trump supporter Will Pheagin.

Trump’s plane landed at about 6:30 p.m. in Greensboro before he headed to the campaign fundraiser dinner, where the minimum price to attend the event was $2,700.

Some state Democrats wish that the money raised in Greensboro would to to the people impacted by Hurricane Matthew last year instead of going to campaign funding.

“Like so many people, I’m trying to recover but we need help. Federal Government is the only ones that can help us now. President Trump, I need your help,” said Hurricane Matthew victim Kim Kilpatrick.

There was no word on how much money was raised at the dinner.

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