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Protesters gather at Trump Rally at UNC on Sunday

Mary-Kate Newton
mnewton@greeleytribune.com

Students, faculty, families and Democratic politicians gathered outside the Bank of Colorado Arena to protest presidential hopeful Donald Trump's rally at the University of Northern Colorado on Sunday.

"I'm surprised they (Trump's campaign) came here because in general this is a liberal school," said UNC senior Jasmine Jones.

She and a few friends came to watch as both Trump supporters and opponents gathered Sunday afternoon. She said she wished the university could have sought opinions from students before hosting Trump, because many, like her, were uncomfortable with it.

"I'm uncomfortable knowing that just over there people are spreading racism and hatred," Jones said. "I want to ask, 'Do you support his politics or do you support his hate?' "

Randy Rochford, a UNC sophomore, said issues Trump is against make him uncomfortable around supporters.

"There are issues like women's rights, concerns in the African-American community, the LGBT community that he openly apposes," he said.

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All told, a crowd of about 300 people gathered outside the arena for various purposes, Greeley Fire Department Battalion Chief Kevin Maloney said.

UNC student Shadae Mallory and Matt Bernal, president of the UNC College Democrats, arranged a gathering of about 60 people who held signs outside Butler-Hancock Hall, in front of Michener Library and chanted, "Love beats hate," "5, 6, 7, 8, go teach Trump not to rape," among others.

While Democratic candidates, such as Bob Seay, who is running against Ken Buck in the 4th Congressional District, spoke to some protesters, others formed clusters closer to the library and scattered across the grassy area between the arena and the library, which meant supporters were forced to walk past them to get to the arena. Police said there were no incidents.

Mallory agreed reactions from Trump supporters were peaceful.

"I'm surprised no one has made us feel threatened or wanted to start violence," she said. "Mostly they screamed profanities or flipped us off."

Some supporters, like Tammy Wilder, formed their own counter protests.

Wilder faced the protesters and held up a T-shirt reading Hillary for Prison.

"Lock her up, she's a killer! Killary, Killary!" she chanted.

Wilder didn't plan to protest Sunday, but when she saw anti-Trump demonstrators, she wanted to voice her own opinion.

Hillary Clinton's performance as secretary of state and her policies made Wilder a firm Trump supporter, she said.

She said she doesn't personally condone or like some comments Trump has made through his career and along the campaign trail but believes his business experience will help this country.

"There's so much about Hillary and Bill that never gets talked about." she said. "People say they can't support Trump because of what he says, but the voters need to be informed about her mistakes, too."

How Trump got here

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump spoke to a crowd of about 3,000 Sunday at Bank of Colorado Arena at Butler Hancock Hall on the Campus of the University of Northern Colorado. In an addendum to an e-newsletter for faculty and students on Friday, UNC officials explained the university routinely rents its facilities to other users when they’re not in use by the university. In 2008, for example, Democratic vice-presidential candidate Joe Biden spoke at Butler-Hancock.