PostandCourier – A couple of hundred protesters converged Friday outside the North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center ahead of President Donald Trump’s visit to Boeing’s campus. In between chants of “Dump Trump!” and “Impeach!” they demanded an independent investigation of his administration’s alleged ties with Russia.
Meanwhile, on the opposite side of the Performing Arts Center, a much smaller counter-protest formed in support of Trump.
Katie Preston, the 38-year-old co-founder of Indivisible Charleston, a local chapter of a national movement to resist Trump’s agenda, organized Friday’s rally. This was her first foray into political activism, she said, motivated by children and her fear for their future.
“I woke up on Nov. 9 and went into crisis mode,” Preston said. “I went up to my husband and was like, ‘Is this freaking real?’ It wouldn’t sink in. And I’ve kind of felt that way ever since.”
“It’s gotten worse,” her husband, Joe Preston, added. He pointed to Trump’s erratic press conference on Thursday, in which the president ranted against the press for reporting on leaks from his own administration. “It had shades of Nixon.”