Mask-wearing appears as dividing line among supporters, protestors during President Trump’s visit to the Lehigh Valley

Written by on May 15, 2020

 Mask-wearing appears as dividing line among supporters, protestors during President Trump’s visit to the Lehigh Valley

By Tyler Pratt

May 15, 2020

President Donald Trump visited the Lehigh Valley Thursday, May 14, his second stop in Pennsylvania this year, and his first to the northeastern part of the state as commander in chief. The President was greeted by two crowds — a mobile caravan of protesters, and hundreds of supporters. And as WLVR’s Tyler Pratt reports, there was a stark difference between the two groups. Masks.

Every protester gathered in Upper Macungie wore a mask and some never left their cars. Some said they were upset the president hadn’t been wearing a mask in recent appearances.

But over on industrial boulevard, where Trump supporters hugged, kissed and cheered on the side of the road, very few people wore masks. 

Brandon Shefflin helped organize the rally. 

“If you wanna like wear a mask and not support Trump and we don’t wanna wear masks and still support him and be here we have that choice in order to do so that’s what makes this country so great. We have the freedom to make our own choices,” said Shefflin.

President Trump did not wear a mask during his tour of the Owens and Minor warehouse or during his speech. But he did keep his distance from those in attendance. 


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