GREENVILLE, S.C. -- President Trump made waves in South Carolina's gubernatorial race Monday.
The president made a stop in Greenville Monday evening to campaign for incumbent Governor Henry McMaster. However, President Trump's visit was also met by protesters from around the state. Dozens of demonstrators gathered at Falls Park at the same time Trump was speaking at an event in town for McMaster.
Always great to see the wonderful people of South Carolina. Thank you for the beautiful welcome at Greenville-Spartanburg Int'l Airport! pic.twitter.com/maO9Nc0sTe— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 16, 2017
The protesters were holding a variety of political signs on issues ranging from healthcare to climate change and gun laws.
“I’m here because I’m so frightened for my kids,” said one woman protesting. “Growing up in a country where people get slaughtered at the movies, in their schools.”
“I think he’s taking us in a very dangerous direction,” another protester told NBC Charlotte.
Meanwhile, President Trump was using his voice to help re-elect McMaster. McMaster is facing off against several other candidates in the state’s June 2018 primary
McMaster was the first elected official to throw his support behind Donald Trump after he announced his campaign for President.
Unlike Governor McMaster, the protesters were trying to keep their distance from the president.
“Rather than see him I’d rather be here to avoid him,” said one man.
“My grandfathers fought in World War II, both of them, and now Nazis are marching in this country,” said another woman. “I’m outraged and I couldn’t sit in my house with the President so close.”
Both the president’s event and the protest were scheduled to be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.