By David Wise
KENOSHA: Protesters, supporters and spectators lined both sides of the street in front of the Kenosha-based tool manufacturer Snap-on in anticipation of President Trump’s visit.
Trump will speak at the company this afternoon, as well as sign an executive order as part of his “Buy American, Hire American” agenda. The executive order includes a federal government wide-review of agency purchasing policies and a possible change in how the U.S. awards H-1B visas.
Ahead of his visit, dozens of Trump supporters and opponents gathered outside the company, some holding signs. While they were separated, there was some intermingling and several traded shouts.
Much of the crowd’s attention was briefly focused skyward as a large military tiltrotor helicopter came in for a landing.
Several of the anti-Trump protesters chanted “no Nazis, no KKK, no fascist USA.”
“All these people don’t even know what they’re demonstrating about,” said Trump supporter Perl Farrington, a 92-year-old WWII veteran from Libertyville, Ill. “Wait till things get hard.”
Carolyn, of Pleasant Prairie, who declined to give her last name, said she was there to show support for Trump and his policies.
She said she felt the country is moving in a positive direction, and that “as long as Donald Trump keeps his campaign promises, we are going to be alright.”
John Fease and his wife, Barb Fease, were there to protest Trump. John Fease held a sign calling on Trump to release his tax returns.
Besides Trump’s tax returns, he said he was concerned that the environment and workers are being abandoned in the name of job creation.
Barb Fease also expressed concerns about the environment, saying she was concerned about air pollution.
Mary, of Brookfield, who declined to give her last name, was also out to protest Trump. She said this was her first time protesting.
“He’s a racist, he’s a liar, he’s a criminal and the people don’t understand it,” she said.