WARWICK, R.I. (WLNE) — Trump supporters gathered on Post Road in Warwick Saturday, claiming the results of the election are not yet final.
“There’s still ballots being counted right now,” said organizer Mike “Lucky” Seven, of Cumberland. “We noticed Facebook took the president’s name off Donald Trump on Facebook.”
They were met by a small group of counter-protesters — and not without incident.
William Tweedy, 55, of Coventry was arrested, charged with assault and disorderly conduct. The victim did not need medical attention.
Other Trump supporters at this rally were not deterred, taking issue with the governor’s new stay-at-home advisory.
“We’re here to tell her, and stand up, we are not, no longer, gonna take any of her bullcrap,” Seven said. “Just like she tells us knock it off, we’re telling her knock it off.”
Some believe it’s a slippery slope.
“They got 10 to 5 curfew now, wait till it’s 6 to 6,” said one Trump supporter. “Wait til it’s all the time curfew.”
Protesters argue the governor’s moves infringe on their rights and hurt businesses.
“I don’t like her situation that she’s making advisories, or her rules that we have to close small businesses,” said Seven. “There’s so many small businesses that lost their profit, lost their money. Small restaurants going out of business.”
Others acknowledged the governor is trying to keep the economy going to some extent, yet find it hypocritical, considering she takes the virus so seriously.
“Why is the casino still open?” asked Nick Morrell of Warwick. “Why is the mall still open? Why are people still allowed to go into Walmart?”
They say they plan to stay through the night to send the governor a message.
“We’re fed up, we don’t wanna do this no more,” Seven said.