THE VILLAGES — President Donald Trump visited The Villages, a Florida retirement mecca, on Thursday to sign a Medicare-related Executive Order and bash the ongoing impeachment inquiry.
The event, billed as an official White House visit and not a political rally, only admitted about 1,000 people by invitation only into the small venue, the Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center. That left scores of Trump supporters and protesters to watch Trump’s speech on a large screen erected in a square outside in the sweltering humidity.
During the speech, a few of the about 50 anti-Trump protesters blew whistles to drown out Trump’s voice. That prompted shoves and insults by a few of his supporters, and police had to separate the warring groups.
One man identified himself and a few of his friends as being affiliated with the “Proud Boys,” a far-right, male-only group. The Southern Poverty Law Center classifies them as a hate group.
Here are some of the Times’ photos from the commotion outside the event: