A rally to protest Donald Trump’s Lawrenceville visit has been scheduled for 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 19.
Trump will be speaking at the National Guard Armory on Eggert Crossing Road at 6 p.m.. He is attending two fundraisers in the Garden State — one to help New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie erase debt from his own White House campaign, and another to benefit the state’s Republican Party.
The visit marks the first time Trump will appear at New Jersey events during his campaign. In Lawrenceville, Trump will appear alongside Christie. Tickets to the event are $200.
Protesters plan to gather at Central Park, across the street from the Armory. The protest is being organized by Martha Friend, a teacher in the Princeton Public Schools district.
“I’m appalled and infuriated that Trump is going to be in my backyard,” said Friend. “I’m hoping to gather as many people as possible to raise awareness over his hatemongering.”
Friend invites anyone, regardless of their political affiliation, to join her in the peaceful protest.
“Let’s remind Trump that our community is about caring and inclusion, rather than fear or ignorance,” she said.
Teacher Amy Pearlmutter said it is disturbing to have
a presidential candidate who doesn’t deal with the facts, and that it has been difficult to answer her students’ questions about Trump.
“They want to know ‘How come he can say things that aren’t true? You always tell us to check our facts. How come he doesn’t do that?’” she said.
Friend said protesters should bring posters and signs to the rally. Parking will be a challenge, so participants are asked to park on side streets and walk to the site, and carpool if possible.
“I’m not sure how many people will be there, but I do know that we are just one of many groups planning to speak out against Trump and his dangerous rhetoric,” Friend said.