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Supporters, protestors line streets as president visits Southwest Florida

Posted at 11:00 PM, Oct 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-31 23:00:13-04

ESTERO, Fla. — Drivers sat in bumper-to-bumper traffic on Ben Hill Griffin Parkway Wednesday evening as they made their way towards Hertz Arena for President Trump’s rally in Southwest Florida.

Air Force One landed around 6:30pm.

Vendors set up just outside of Hertz Arena to sell gear for the President’s rally. And one made his way through traffic to sell hats.

Robert, Telesca drove here from West Palm Beach with his car decorated from front to back.

“We’ve been to a lot of his rallies. The car’s been all over. We’ve had the hood wrapped and everything probably six months before he was elected,” said Telesca. “And it just meant everything. When people come by they thank me for having it on there. It shows that it’s doing something.”

It wasn’t just supporters waiting for the president’s appearance.

“I’m against Trump and Scott and DeSantis. They’re not right for our environment,” said LG Friedrichs.

Protestors shouted along Ben Hill Griffin as the motorcade made its way to the arena.

“People are being divided. The environmental protections that were in place are being dismantled. Our water turned blue, green and red. And we can’t have that,” said Friedrichs.

Telesca said he wants to see the U.S. painted one color only.

“Have the red wave to go all the way across the country,” he said.

The president left Hertz Arena just before 9:00 Wednesday night.