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

Posted October 7

— 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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  • Carrie Hurrelbrink Oct 10, 10:06 p.m.
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    I am proud that Trump is President. He will win the next election as well. He has way more supporters than immature haters that protest like whiny children. All liberals so is act up and throw tantrums because they can't get their own way. Tough! The REAL American's want a TRUE and REAL President and now we have one. To the protesters, grow up and get a life!

  • D. Aaron Hill Oct 10, 10:48 a.m.
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    I can't tell fact from fantasy anymore, it's scary if you actually believe this.

  • Robert Swiger Sr. Oct 9, 5:05 p.m.
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    you would not have too. President Trump is such a Gentleman and leader he would come to you to shake your hand. See he is not at snob like Obama.

  • NC Tom Oct 9, 6:31 a.m.
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    Wish it would rain in apex

  • Quid Malmborg Oct 9, 6:21 a.m.
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    Read it all the first time, or some other variant. #fakenews

  • Brenda Lawrence Oct 8, 11:29 p.m.
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    I wouldn’t walk across the street to see that nitwit.

  • Teddy Fowler Oct 8, 7:50 p.m.
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    Keep coming to North Carolina President Trump.... we welcome you happily and proudly.

  • Henry Cooper Oct 8, 6:06 p.m.
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    LOL at you guys... You still think there is a diff between a Dem and a Rep. Keep drinking your party's kool aid, keep complaining and the divisiveness continues which is what both sides want. It is what the media wants and that is why they fuel the fires at every turn.

    Each party has these grand standers they put out front like the shinny object in the room and most gravitate to it meanwhile the party as a whole does what it wants. If the Ral/Dur/CH area is truly a more educated part of our country...OMG we are in trouble.

    We can't even talk constructively between parties.... So very, very, sad...

  • William Hayes Oct 8, 2:49 p.m.
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  • Martin Coulter Oct 8, 2:29 p.m.
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    Henry, Anita is right. Why spend millions to support people like Trump? Because he might lower their taxes - that's ALL they seem to care about. The whole reason they want to repeal the ACA is because of the tax that's part of it. They don't give a rat's rear end about the health of our citizens. Just look at Trump's recent birth control move. Result? Say hello to MORE abortions... SMH