Rallies in support of President Donald Trump held in Middletown, Wayne

Supporters of President Donald Trump gather in Wayne along Route 23.

Supporters of President Donald Trump gather in Wayne along Route 23. (2/27/17)

WAYNE - Two rallies were held in New Jersey Monday to show support for President Donald Trump.

Trump supporters gathered in Middletown and Wayne in opposition to the dozens of protests against the president since he was elected. They say that Trump has not been given a fair chance to do his job.

“I just think that people are impatient,” says Claire Kayal. “It’s only been a month. Give him a chance.”

Kayal is a Tea Party leader from Franklin Lakes. She was joined by Claudia Reid, an anti-abortion activist from Wanaque. They, along with about two dozen others, gathered along Route 23 around rush hour to show their support for the president and his plans.

A much larger rally was held in Middletown a few hours earlier outside the Middletown Shopping Plaza near Route 35.

Demonstrators carried signs that said “Trump-Pence” and flew American flags. There were also posters that said “Make America Great Again.”

Supporters said that since there were so many rallies and demonstrations against Trump, they wanted to make it known that the president does have supporters.

“I would die for Donald Trump. I would lay down my life for him,” said Trump supporter Steven Foosse.

But there was at least one Republican at the rally who did not support Trump.

“What he’s doing is completely un-American,” said Donna Schmid. “I will keep my eye on him.”

Schmid was soon confronted by some of the demonstrators.

"This is a horror show,” said one Trump supporter. “She stands right in the front as if this crowd is with her."

Supporters at the rally say they hope the demonstration will spur others like it to counter the protests against the president.

The group in Middletown plans to host another rally Saturday.

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