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Groups Clash At President Trump Rally, 2 Arrested

Posted: 6:27 PM, Mar 04, 2017
Updated: 2017-03-05 01:54:47Z

Two people were arrested as protesters clashed with supporters of President Donald Trump during a rally at the Tennessee Capitol.

The groups at times cursed at each other on Saturday and occasionally made physical contact, which police broke up.

Thousands attended "The Spirit of America Rally"  to show support for President Donald Trump's policies.

Organizers said they came to push back against the left and make their voices heard.

"We have been vilified on the left and in the press. We're not that kind of people, we go to work every day, we will raise a family, we go to church, we do our jobs, and that is at the end of the day what we're trying to celebrate here," event sponsor Mark Skoda said.

Throughout the rally, speakers told the crowd they're thankful for the president's actions.

Representative Glen Casada echoed similar messages from supporters about how the current administration can create a positive economic future for today's families.

"I am convinced that we will look back four years and see this as a crossroads in our country that we saved our country yet for one more generation," Casada said.

Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers made sure the rally stayed peaceful as people who have been unhappy with President Trump also shared their opinions.

A THP spokesman said one person was arrested for stealing two Trump shirts, and one anti-Trump protester was arrested for trying to incite a riot and calling for violence.

"We got to close our borders, we got to. We can't let the whole world in, and we can set an example. We can be an example for everybody on what we should be, what freedom gives you, and that's all I really care for is freedom," Arthur W. Carpenter said.

As the rally ended, attendees asked state lawmakers to do what they believe is right and continue supporting the Trump administration.