MUSKEGON, Mich. — As Trump supporters gathered in and around the airport awaiting the president’s arrival, dozens of other people gathered a few miles away at Heritage Landing Park for the Democratic Party’s rally.
“This is our response to Trump coming to town. The Republicans seem to think that we’re going to flip the county and turn it red this year,” said Jennifer Barnes, chair of the Muskegon County Democratic Party. “We’re here to demonstrate that Muskegon County is going to go blue.”
Barnes added that Muskegon has always voted blue, or Democratic, largely because it's a "working class, union-oriented town." She said that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has a “fantastic plan” that ensures Americans buy American-made products, some of which are made in Muskegon County.
“It’s going to be blue, all the way blue. Blue. It’s black over [at the Trump rally],” said Marianne Darnell, chair of the Muskegon County Black Women’s Political Caucus. “It’s going to be blue.”
Bruce Fealk said he hopes so. He was one of the more than 100 people who traveled from all over the state to attend the hour-long rally. Some people came with handmade signs. Fealk carried a large Trump head that was once featured on The Daily Show, he said. Fealk said he's taken it to different state rallies everywhere in the country to help get Trump out of office.
“Vote for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris,” Fealk said. “Please. I beg you.”