Small groups of people have gathered around the country to demonstrate their support for reality TV star-turned-president Donald J. Trump — and Fox News is making the most they can out of them.
Fox reporter Brian Llenas was on hand as dozens of people showed up outside Trump Tower in Manhattan to complain that anti-Trump protesters are “babies” who need to simply accept he is the president and “give him a chance.”
— Fox News (@FoxNews) February 5, 2017
“People are tired of the rants, violence and vulgarity against Trump,” organizer Cindy Grosz told news channel PIX 11 yesterday. But even with the advance publicity, the event turned out less than 100 people.
Meanwhile in Portland, Maine, organizer William Hall managed to assemble a handful of people to support Trump’s controversial executive order banning immigration from seven majority-Muslim countries. Via CBS affiliate WGME:
“We need to do better background checks on immigrants coming into this country,” said Hall. “We have borders for a reason. Having open borders is like having a home without walls—plain and simple.”
“I’m just kind of letting you know there’s another side to the story,” said Trump supporter Doug Prevost. “Letting people know [President Trump] has an awful lot of backers behind him.”
“An awful lot of backers” indeed. Looks like a whole half-dozen of them. Maybe someone should call central casting for some paid actors?
Not even Fox News could transform that turnout into a mass movement. But network reporter Garrett Tenney did manage to set up a live shot last night outside Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s Palm Beach golf club and estate, that showcased a small crowd of supporters behind him.
In the studio, Julie Banderas expressed her gratitude for the tiny turnout.
I actually have to say it’s sort of a pleasant surprise to see this because we haven’t really been seeing a lot of supporters out there. And I’ve been wondering, where are they, with all these people who’ve been coming out and protesting? So, there they are in Florida. Good to see them behind you.
Tenney called them “loud and proud.” But as you can see from the video below, they were badly outnumbered by the thousands of people protesting Trump.
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