MONROE, La. (KNOE) - Thousands of people waited all day for President Donald Trump to arrive in Monroe. Many who couldn't make it inside the Monroe Civic Center watched the rally on a big screen outside.
People wait in line outside the Monroe Civic Center. (Source: KNOE)
Supporters say they couldn't miss out on this historical moment in our state and city's history.
"I mean this doesn't happen to Monroe," Jayson Rogers says. The Ouachita High senior says seeing the president in-person was something he could not miss out on.
"A special moment, a special moment I'm going to tell my kids, because not many people get to see the president with their own eyes."
Dozens of people even brought out folding chairs for the rally. Calline Crawford and her mother came as early at 9 a.m. to make sure they made it inside the Civic Center. "My husband's a veteran. My brother's a veteran. Our son is in the National Guard,” Crawford says.
“He's a great defender of the military and a great defender of the veterans. He's just a great commander in chief and a great president."
On the other side of the street at City Hall, local NAACP chapters led protests with a message to the president. "We're sending a message out to him and to others that think like him,” says Ambrose Douzart, president for the Monroe chapter NAACP.
“Our present governor, Governor Edwards, has done great things for this state. We like to keep things as they are. Sometimes because things are good, we have a tendency to try to interrupt those."
As Trump supporters passed by, they let their voice be heard too. One passerby wearing Trump 2020 gear even exchanging words with protesters. "I came through this town. I came here, and I cried because of all the mess y'all got going on,” he says. “And you're sitting here and you're worried about one man!".
As the protest continued throughout the night, more people came out to not only share their thoughts, but to ask for others for theirs.
"Most people see the world in black and white. I'm more of a person who sees the world in a gray area,” Jarius Baker says. “I feel as though if you can make me understand and justify why you support a certain situation, then I have no argument against you."
Now that President Trump has made his plea, people on both sides say they're encouraging everyone to get out and vote this election.