Supporters & protesters clash at Trump rally

Protesters and supporters clash at Trump rally (WDTN Photo)

VANDALIA, Ohio (WDTN) – Tensions rose outside and inside of Donald Trump’s rally in Vandalia on Saturday.

The Trump campaign slogan is ‘making America great again’, but local protestors say he’s sending a different message.

A crowd lined the street just outside of the rally chanting, ‘No hate in our state’, with signs in protest of Trump being in Ohio. 26-year-old Tara Mullins was among those people, when a man shoved her and told her to take to sign down.

“If I have to take a push to show my support that just furthers proves my point, why we don’t need hate in this state,” said Mullins.

2 NEWS reporter Maytal Levi caught up with that man to get his view. He said, “The protesters don’t understand what this country is for” and walked away from our cameras.

For others outside, things were more verbal than physical. Both supporters and protesters would get into peaceful, yet heated exchanges.

Inside the rally, Patrick Khosravani ripped up a Trump sign when the Republican front-runner took the stage. Moments later he was put into a headlock by a supporter and then escorted out by security.

Khosravani says Trump’s views on immigration hits close to home. His parents immigrated to America from Iran.

“His speech is hate speech. It’s inciting violence and under the First Amendment, that’s not protected,” said Khosravani. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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