Over the summer of 2016, I was able to cover a Donald Trump rally in Davenport, Iowa. The story was about the protestors who were outside of the rally and why they were there. I met Charles “Casey” Stengel, whose last protest before the Trump rally, was in January 1973 when he drove from Iowa City to protest the inauguration of President Richard M. Nixon. I also talked to other supporters and protestors of Trump.
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By Thomas Geyer and Anis Shakirah Mohd Muslimin
The last time Charles “Casey” Stengel found himself in a protest line was in January 1973 when he drove from Iowa City to protest the inauguration of President Richard M. Nixon.
Stengel, 62, of Moline, a retired Rock Island County Circuit judge, said it took 43 years and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to bring him back on the protest line, where he stood Thursday with his wife, Bridget, outside of Davenport’s Mississippi Lofts.
Holding a sign that said, “Trump Making America Hate Again,” Stengel teared up when he said, “I just couldn’t stand aside and let Trump come here without protesting.
“Trump doesn’t represent what American means,” he said. “Trump doesn’t have the temperament to be president, and he doesn’t have the experience to run a country.
“He can run a business into the ground, but he can’t do that to America. He’s a danger to our foreign policy, a danger to our allies, he’s unprincipled, he’s a bully.”
The Stengels joined about 40 other people protesting Trump along East 3rd Street near Davenport’s Adler Theatre where Trump was speaking. But there also were Trump supporters, as well as a few who have nothing good to say about either Trump or his opponent, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
John C. Andrewson, 71, of Silvis said he went to the rally to advocate for Jill Stein, the Green Party’s presumptive presidential nominee. He said this year’s presidential election has been the most exciting one yet.
“Having to choose between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton is like having to choose between Hitler and Satan,” he said.
Jacob Olson, 19, of Florida was among a few vendors selling Trump merchandise outside the Adler. Olson said he supports Trump because the Republican is creating jobs for people.
“This is a prime example right here. We have a job right here,” he said. “I quit my old job just to do this.”
Before selling Trump memorabilia across the country, Olson worked at a factory, welding boat motors. He said he is happy because his new job allows him to travel the country.
“I really feel like he is for the people, because he wants people to have jobs and not to be broke,” he said.
Olson’s next stop for the Trump campaign is Colorado.
Carrying a sign that said “Putin Trump 2016” Paul Dobroski, 50, of Bettendorf, said Trump is the most dangerous person to run for president.
“He bullied his way to the nomination,” Dobroski said. It was a dysfunctional Republican party that nominated him. Trump as president, he added, “would be a threat to democracy.”
Zachary Knox, 23, of Moline had a sign that said “Love Trumps Hate.”
“Trump is a threat to democracy and the Constitution itself,” he said. “I don’t think he represents what America is about.”