EUGENE, Ore.-- A rally in support of President Donald Trump at the Ferry Street Bridge drew opponents Saturday afternoon.
Dozens of people attended the rally. According to police, there was some pushing, shoving and yelling initially, but tensions lessened as the rally continued.
Emma Mitchem organized the Oregonians for Trump rally. She said it was previously scheduled, and opponents organized in resistance when they learned of the event. Still, she believes the event accomplished what it was meant to.
"There's more of us than people like to portray. Oregon's waking up, and I just want people to know that we've got cheerleaders here and we want to be visible and be seen," Mitchem said.
Participants reported that there was some productive discussion between liberals and conservatives as the groups mingled. One opponent we spoke with hoped that her concerns were heard.
"I feel really worried about this country and where it's going. This isn' just a question of different attitudes, its a question of xenophobia and scapegoating people and building hatred into the country," said member of Showing Up for Racial Justice Nadia Telsey.
Eugene police asked drivers to avoid Coburg Road at Martin Luther King Boulevard. The traffic alert was called off just after 4:30 p.m.