Trump supporters gather at Capitol in Lansing

Trump supporters gather at Capitol in Lansing

Outside the Texas State Capitol in Austin, where police estimate roughly 300 supporters gathered, Taylor Goldenstein of the Austin Statesman witnessed heated confrontations between the two groups amid chants of "No Trump, no KKK, no fascist U.S.!"

Others rallies were held in Bay City, Battle Creek, Petoskey, Traverse City, Grand Rapids, Sterling Heights, Bloomfield Hills and Novi. Bracketed by the state Legislature and the legislative office building, people carried signs and wore shirts backing Trump. State troopers said two anti-Trump protesters were arrested during the course of the day - one before the event for stealing (or attempting to steal) some Trump merchandise (or something like that - the details provided were vague), and the other for getting in a fight with a Trump supporter and then continuing to threaten violence after the fight had broken up.

Police kept protestors at bay as Trump supporters filed out.

"He does not hate Latinos, he does hate Hispanics, he does not hate Mexicans", a woman who described herself as a Mexican-American supporter of Trump said, addressing the crowd from a small stage.

"It was really refreshing to be with people who have stood behind Mr. Trump".

The march - which was to include a formal rally at noon at the Embarcadero Marina Park South - was part of "Spirit of America, " a series of nationwide events in support of the president.

"For the first time in eight years, I'm actually proud of my president", Tancredo said.


"It's kind of mind boggling we're still talking some Russian influence and yet we still have more substantial things that need to be investigated and they don't get the same attention", she said.

Billy Powell of Wilmington held a handmade sign that said, "We are family All my deplorables and me".

"How can anyone be disappointed with bringing back jobs?"

Former Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler at the pro-Trump rally Saturday March 4, 2017 at the state Capitol.

Even on that, Trump supporters disagreed.

Castro said she was a lifelong Democrat, but she made a decision to vote for President Trump because she was attracted to his blunt honesty. And they shouted and applauded when local talk radio host Ralph Bristol spoke of wanting to build a wall and deport immigrants, "It's not racism, it's self preservation".

"They're just cussing, throwing a fit", she said.

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