Donald Trump supporters and protestors flooded the streets around Gilley’s Dallas on Thursday evening, starting with peaceful protests and ending with tense shouting and insults slugged back and forth between the two sides. Trump, the controversial presumptive Republican presidential nominee, visited Dallas in hopes of turning the tides in the polls.
A Rasmussen Reports poll early that day showed presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton ahead of Trump by nine points in a head-to-head general election.
-Compiled by James Hartley
James Hartley/The Et Cetera Protests start off peaceful, with chants, marching and music. Some demonstrators brought guitars or drums, while others brought American and Mexican flags. As it gets later, however, the majority of the protestors leave, giving the more vocal and angry protestors the spotlight as they clash with Trump supporters.
James Hartley/The Et Cetera John Aholloran, a lifelong republican, says he is voting for presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton because he is “disgusted” by Trump’s hateful comments about Hispanics and Muslims.
James Hartley/The Et Cetera LGBT anti-Trump protestor Chaaz Quigley debates with a Trump supporter who Quigley says is not welcome in the protestor’s camp.
James Hartley/The Et Cetera As the rally ends and protestors and Trump supporters met in the streets, Dallas Police separate the two groups to avoid violence.
James Hartley/ The Et Cetera A protestor shouts, “You’re nothing but hateful bigots,” at Trump supporters after the rally while holding a banner that reads, “Make Texas Mexico again.”
James Hartley/The Et Cetera Dylan Rasbridge, one of the more extreme protestors, boasted a sign reading “Shoot Trump” about an hour before the protest. “I’m holding this sign because [Trump] will turn this nation into a third world country,” Rasbridge said. “He’s a threat to society.”
James Hartley/The Et Cetera As it gets later, Trump and anti-Trump demonstrators mix in the streets and get into shouting matches, holding up signs and one man even tearing the head off of a Trump pinata to help make his point.
James Hartley/The Et Cetera A pro-Israeli demonstrator clashes with pro-Palestinian protestor. As the majority of the crowd changes from chanting “Dump Trump” and “USA” to “Viva la Palestine,” the Israeli demonstrators chant “Viva la America, Viva la Israel.”