Yesterday, students in Sioux City, Iowa organized a protest of Donald Trump’s campaign appearance at West High School. Over 800 people showed up for the event:
From Eastern to Western Iowa, a diverse crowd hoping to quiet Trump in Sioux City with a silent protest.
“We are not going to stand for Trump being here at West because he’s a bully,” said a West High Student.
The group of protestors slamming the billionaire businessman’s rhetoric.
“…They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists, and some I assume are good people,” Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump said on June 16, 2015.
Those comments from Trump’s announcement speech back in June prompting this protest.
“We’re trying to prove that all the things (referring to Trump) he has said are basically lies against us” said Sonia Rodriguez, a senior at West High School.” we’re all just great people trying to be here and not criminals or anything he’s said against us.
At West High, 33% of the student body is Hispanic, which is higher than the district average.
That’s right. This school in Sioux City, Iowa – the heart of Steve King’s district – is 33% Hispanic. Organizers also conducted a voter registration drive during the protest.
Local television news coverage featured protest organizer, Ismael Valadez Muñoz:
From @ktivnews: Trump comes to Sioux City facing protests over past comments about immigrants https://t.co/0xKIRJDzOJ
— America’s Voice (@americasvoice) October 28, 2015
Tweets from the protest showed the crowd and its messages
We are an inclusive community and we stand together against bullying. Thank you everyone for coming to show your support. #WestHighStudent
— Ismael Valadez Muñoz (@munvalis) October 28, 2015
.@RepGutierrez is right @realDonaldTrump is great for getting voter registrations! #westhighstudent #iacaucus pic.twitter.com/3XsdyPQTnp — Matt Hildreth (@mhildreth) October 28, 2015
#westhighstudent #siouxcity pic.twitter.com/69dZ46U47Y — BELLA♡ (@_Esabelaaa) October 27, 2015
— Amaryssa (@StoneColdRyssa) October 27, 2015
The poster that got ripped in Ames.. showing support!! #WestHighStudent pic.twitter.com/LtjVsBw4oY
— Luis Valadez (@luisvaladezl) October 27, 2015
Over 700 People Rally Against Bullying And Donald Trump In Sioux City #iacaucus #westhighstudent https://t.co/o90fhu8YiB
— Matt Hildreth (@mhildreth) October 27, 2015
#WestHighStudent we will not stand for ignorance, sexism, and racism! pic.twitter.com/FsyKkKUPvB — Chief Homo (@NinerMonster) October 27, 2015
Iowa State representing at Sioux City West High #WestHighStudent #somosiowastate pic.twitter.com/p6kR54WbjN — Jocelyn Hernandez (@Jocehdz21) October 27, 2015
Sioux City is woke #WestHighStudent pic.twitter.com/o31jq7IWVb — DREAM Iowa (@DREAMIowa) October 27, 2015
The #SilenceTrump protest is underway outside of West High pic.twitter.com/CoTIBDFiTw — Robert Lowe (@RobertKTIV4) October 27, 2015