RIO RANCHO, N.M. (KRQE) – President Trump was met with protestors outside the Santa Ana Star Center on Monday. The crowd gathered in a designated “Free Speech Zone” right across the street from where President Trump’s supporters were walking to get inside the facility.
Police stood between the protestors and Trump supporters, and aside from some shouting matches at times, things mostly stayed peaceful. There were about 250 officers from across the state helping with security.
KRQE News 13’s crew did see one woman being taken away in handcuffs from the protestors’ side. A State Police officer says that woman had a handgun on her, which is not allowed at a federal event like this.
The anti-Trump crowd says despite the large crowd of the President’s supporters, they don’t believe Trump will win over New Mexico. One man says he hasn’t felt the booming economy the president boasts about.
“He claims that the economy is booming, but in my lifetime, my wages have not went up. They’re stagnant, they’re flat,” Dan Gilbertson said.
One woman says she paid for a bus to bring about 50 to 60 people to protest the event. In all, there were a couple of hundred people on the protestors’ side, but people are making their way home and the crowd had died down.