The Ides of Trump was not the only protest against the president yesterday. Trump flew into Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti and was greeted by both detractors and supporters. MLive shows both in Trump protest meets Trump support at Willow Run site in Ypsilanti Township.
The scene outside Trump's visit to Michigan on March 15, 2017.
The Michigan Daily has more in Protesters gather outside Trump's Ypsilanti rally.
As wind speeds surged and temperatures plummeted Wednesday afternoon, activists gathered near the Willow Run manufacturing complex in Ypsilanti to protest President Donald Trump’s arrival and speech in the city.It seemed bigger in the video, but it still looked impressive.
With just two days’ notice of the presidential visit, several grassroots organizations from the community organized the protest. Despite the lack of time available, they still managed to draw a crowd of about 400 people.
What about the other side?
The protest took place on one side of Airplane Road, just outside the Willow Run facilities. On the other side of the road stood a handful of Trump supporters, who came to counter the protest with a large float sporting Trump signs and American flags.That's what the video showed, hundreds against Trump, maybe twenty supporting him.
Now, why was he in town?
Trump arrived at Willow Run — the future site for the American Center for Mobility’s autonomous and connected vehicle-testing facility — to hold a roundtable with executives from the automotive industry and speak to select employees. During the speech, he announced plans to review the EPA’s auto-emissions standards, and roll back restrictions he deems unnecessary.WOOD-TV has video in Trump announces challenge to Obama-era fuel standards.
President Trump is set to announce in Michigan plans to re-examine federal requirements that regulate the fuel efficiency of new vehicles.Ugh. If I had known that's what Trump was going to do and I could get off work, I'd have been protesting, too.
Trump believes that Americans face a choice between jobs and the environment and he chose jobs -- never mind that we can have both. Also never mind that when the U.S. auto industry was resisting making more fuel-efficient cars while Japan's auto companies were embracing doing so, the value of Ford and GM went down, while Honda's and Toyota's values went up, as seen in this slide from "An Inconvenient Truth."
Then again, Trump is not a big one for data and facts. Instead, he'd rather listen to Alex Jones, who thinks that climate change is a hoax. I wish I could say the same about Alex Jones.
I feel like having a drink after writing that. Fortunately, tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day. Perfect timing!