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A fired-up group supportive of President Donald Trump gathered in a Chicago suburb Friday evening to express their opposition to a display that is critical of his handling of the COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S.
The group expressed their opposition to a display that has been called the “Coronavirus Death Scoreboard,” which was set up last week at a public park in the north Chicago suburb of Northbrook.
The signage keeps a running tally of the current official number of deaths in the U.S. from COVID-19, adding “We’re #1” and features “Donald J. Trump President” on the bottom. It was organized by a local far-left activist, Lee Goodman of the group Peaceful Communities.
“We were only anticipating 15 people coming. We got a lot more than 15,” said Northbrook High School student Peter C., who organized the protest, Fox News reported.
At least 50 people showed up, some waving pro-Trump campaign signage and flags, while a smaller group of counter-protesters gathered across the street.
One young woman yelled, “F**k you,” with an outstretched middle finger while blaring the 2016 song “FTD” (“F**k Donald Trump) by rappers YG & Nipsey Hussle in her car.
The high schooler noted that while the signage stirred up a great deal of pushback from Trump supporters, he organized the pro-Trump demonstration for wider reasons.
“We’re here to protest for the reopening of our schools, our education system, and the funding of our police,” said Peter, a junior who moderates his high school’s conservative page on Instagram, in an interview with Fox News.
“You don’t see the Republicans attacking other people. It’s all the liberals who are attacking us, who are attacking our police, saying ‘Black Lives Matter’ and ‘Defund the Police.’ If you want to defund the police, who the hell do you think is gonna come to save you when someone is breaking into your apartment?”
A tiny sneak peek of what is to come (check out the rest of the photos on Instagram by the way!!)
Today in Northbrook, IL pic.twitter.com/v5BoZnycY6
— Linus Hoeller (@linus_at) September 26, 2020
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Pro-Trump crowd in Illinois opposes Trump-bashing ‘Coronavirus Death Scoreboard’-
“You don’t see the Republicans attacking other people,” a student organizer says-
A pro-Trump group gathers Friday after an anti-Trump display was unveiled in Northbrook, Ill-
— Blanche Victoria (@tammytabby) September 26, 2020
Though there were a number of heated exchanges, the protests remained peaceful amid a large police presence.
“This display is a reminder of the continuing need to take precautions. Schools and businesses are reopening, but the disease is still spreading and people are still dying,” Goodman said last week.
“The U.S. has the highest number of COVID-19 deaths in the world,” he added. “It is a tragedy and a disgrace that we have failed to do all we could to confront this public health crisis, and as a result, many people have died unnecessarily. But, we can do better in the future. We hope that public awareness will lead people to demand a more effective response by our federal government.”
Goodman often rips President Trump on his Facebook page while promoting far-left policies. Sometimes, he ventures into the controversial.
In June 2017, for instance, he wrote a post in response to the near-assassination of “Republican Gun Lover” Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, who was shot by a supporter of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).
“Am I supposed to care about this Congressman? Is the shooting simply karma? Does this Congressman, whose voting record suggests he was unconcerned about the thousands of other people who are victims of shootings every year, deserve my sympathy?” Goodman wrote.
“Congressman Scalise gets my sympathy, whether he deserves it or not, simply because he is part of humanity. And if he returns to his duties in Congress and continues to support the merchants of death, he will get my scorn, because he will have earned it,” he added.
A pair of Northbrook residents, Richard and Florence, also came to the pro-Trump demonstration and blasted the signage.
“Over 200,000 people have died. … Every death loss is terrible, but it isn’t the president’s fault.” Florence told Fox News. “They will not acknowledge that it came from Wuhan, China. They’re not telling the truth.”
“I think the liberals over there have a few people that have no answers,” Richard noted as he pointed across at the counter-demonstrators.
“They’ve been sitting here now for the last hour swearing at us, giving us the finger, calling the president a racist,” he added. “When I went over there to ask them how he’s a racist, they have no answers. … They just repeat what they hear on MSNBC, CNN, and all the liberal networks. … They have a blind hatred for the president — and no answers to why.”
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