As opposition to Trump’s presumed victory in the Electoral College grows, marches and protests have spread across the urban centers of this country. Not all of these protests have been peaceful.
An anti-Trump protest outside of Tampa, Florida ran headlong into a group of dedicated Trump supporters. These Marine veterans had gathered for a pub-crawl and just happened to be on the anti-Trump march’s route.
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The Marines were celebrating the birthday of the US Marine Corps. And it was a celebratory gathering until the protestors, refusing to acknowledge that the state of Florida, and the nation, elected Trump, happened by.
When the protesters reached the Irish pub where the Marines were drinking, the Marines spilled out. As many of these protests have turned violent when the protestors run against opposition, the police in Ybor city responded quickly.
The cops formed a wall between the two groups. The clash was mostly contained. Both sides yelled obscenities, but that was about it. Raucous chants of “dump Trump” were met by enthusiastic chorus of “U-S-A, U-S-A, U-S-A!”
The protestors had the option to stay and continue to scream at the Marines, but the opted to move on. One Marine shouted “you walked into the wrong bar!”
The comment “Boy, did those protesters not expect us!” appeared on the Facebook group Ybor For Heroes after the encounter.
“People are not going to go down without a fight,” Protestor Jenna Ferreira told ABC Action News. “A lot of people are feeling marginalized, a lot of people feeling oppressed, they’ve lost hope. But, everybody here is full of love and we are going to fight for our rights.”
“I think they don’t really know the issues,” local Johnny Gomes said. “I think that they are misinformed. They followed, sorry, but the regular media and don’t know the real story.”