Trump protesters, supporters yell themselves hoarse in McAllen

This Trump supporter found a cardboard cutout of the president in advance of his arrival. (SBG photo)

McALLEN - Democracy was at work in this border city this morning as several hundred Donald Trump supporters and protesters lined the streets of McAllen to make their opinions known while awaiting the arrival of Air Force One.

"The wall's already built. It's pointless to spend more on it," said Viola Gonzalez of Brownsville. "I think he (President Trump) should see things as they really are. I don't think Mexico is going to pay for the wall."

Standing near the intersection of 10th Street and Wichita Avenue, Francisco Nacianceno made it clear why he was among 200 Trump loyalists.

"I'm here to support the President," the Elsa resident said. "It's pretty obvious with the caravans and the drugs that we need border security."

T.J. Villareal agreed with Nacianceno.

'"I think an iron wall with gates would be a lot more pleasing to the eye," she said.

Chanting "No Border Wall," San Benito's Oscar Medrano said he would like to tell the president "Stop lying to the American people." He said Trump's visit to the area was little more than "a photo op."

Brandi Kennedy is also in the anti-Trump camp. A local resident for the past 12 years, she praised McAllen for its safety.

"He makes it seem like all we have is drugs and gangs in McAllen," she said. "But this is the safest place I have ever lived. This is the best place in the world to live. Hopefully he sees that while he's here and changes his mind."

Largely peaceful, the dual rallies, which appeared to attract in excess of 750 people, did feature at least one skirmish, Amid the anti-Trump supporters, two people were escorted away by police after a brief skirmish.

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