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Protesters March Against Hawley, Trump

Students and community members met outside of Strong Hall on the Missouri State University Campus before marching to JQH Arena to protest President Trump and US Senate candidate Josh Hawley. 

As protestors made their way through the drizzle to meet up, they shared their thoughts on the president and Hawley.  The Missouri Attorney General will face off against incumbent Claire McCaskill for a seat in the US Senate.

Paul O’Donnell, a student at MSU, had some strong thoughts on Trump.

“As an overall thing, I think he’s bad for the American image abroad. He doesn’t seem to understand a lot of global politics and its being really detrimental to our image across the world.”

Credit Claire Kidwell / KSMU News
Students Megan Marks and Chapman Blake show off their signs before the march

Other students, like Megan Marks and Chapman Blake, were upset about Trump’s policies at the border and separating families. They also didn’t like the disrespect they felt Trump has shown toward Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.

And students weren’t alone. Older community members came out to show their dissent as well, like Alvin Fuller.

“I hate what’s happening to our country. I can see it going downhill faster and faster and faster.”

Around 2:45 pm, the protestors made their way to JQH Arena to demonstrate, where they clashed verbally with Trump supporters.

For the most part, protests and demonstrations on both sides were peaceful, both before and after the president’s visit.