June 16, 2016 Donald Trump Rally In Dallas

I had a lot of fun in the 96-degree heat today while covering the presumptive Republican nominee for president Donald Trump’s visit to Gilley’s in Dallas, Texas. I chose to listen and hang outside, documenting the protestors and supporters. As a photojournalist, I try to leave my opinions and beliefs at home and document the truth that unfolds in front of my camera.

However after I left this rally, I felt sad and a little bit angry with BOTH sides. I was sad at the real hate that I saw towards fellow Americans and angry at the hypocritical gestures and shouting of words at one another that contradicted the signs they were holding. On a positive note, this is why America is so great and this is why so many people want to live in our country!  Being an American means we are allowed to express ourselves in a public forum like this without any repercussions.   

1. The Dallas Police Departments presence was everywhere you looked, ensuring things didn’t get out of hand during the Donald Trump Presidential Candidate rally at Gilley’s in Dallas, Texas on June 16, 2016.

Hundreds of protestors showed up for the Donald Trump rally.

A mother and daughter hold anti Trump signs during a protest outside Gilley's.

Jackie points to her shirt at anti Trump supporters on her way to the line for access to the Donald Trump Presidential Candidate rally at Gilley's in Dallas, Texas.

Protestor Chaaz Quigley participates in the protest before the Donald Trump Presidential Candidate rally.

The Dallas Police Department keeps watch over the protest from the rooftops.