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Protesters Stage 'Love Trumps Hate' Rally Outside SHU Campus

This protester lets her sign do all the talking before the Trump rally at Sacred Heart University on Saturday. Photo Credit: Sandra Diamond Fox
A line of protesters sets up outside a planned rally for GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump on Saturday at SHU in Fairfield. Photo Credit: Sandra Diamond Fox
Bruce McFadden of Monroe joins the protest outside the planned Donald Trump rally Saturday at Sacred Heart University. Photo Credit: Sandra Diamond Fox
Love Trumps Hate is the message of the anti-Trump protest before the start of the rally for the Republican presidential candidate at Sacred Heart University. Photo Credit: Sandra Diamond Fox
Protesters outside the Trump rally at SHU. Photo Credit: Roy Fuchs
Fairfield Democrats rally protesters outside a planned appearance later in the day at Sacred Heart University. Photo Credit: Sandra Diamond Fox

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- While hundreds of people were filing into the William H. Pitt Center for the Donald Trump for President rally, a small but growing and very vocal anti-Trump crowd gathered at the side of the Sacred Heart University campus to stage a Love Trumps Hate rally late Saturday afternoon.

"In my 71 years, I've never felt so strongly about a political campaign," said Bruce McFadden of Monroe, who was holding a sign that said "Disarm Hate." "Trump is a thin-skinned, arrogant, egotistical racist and bigot who has attacked everyone from the Pope to Gold Star families to handicapped reporters to a judge -- the list goes on and on."

Trevor Mullineaux, director of media relations for the Democratic Town Committee in Fairfield, was one of the organizers of the Loves Trumps Hate rally.

"We organized this rally to get our voice out," she said. "We disagree with Trump's rhetoric. It's hateful, decisive, and not who we are as Americans. We believe Hillary [Clinton] is the best candidate. She cares about our values, inclusiveness, women's reproduction rights and taking care of the little guy,"

Mullineaux said she was hoping to draw 200 to 300 people to the anti-Trump rally. "Our organic reach through Facebook was above 23,000."

"We just want to counter Trump's hateful speech. Democracy is so much better than that. We are not about building walls. We are about conclusiveness and working as a community together," she said.

Steven Sheinberg chairman of Fairfield's Democratic Town Committee, also turned out at the rally.

"We believe Trump is a dangerous demagogue -- spreading fear, bigotry and hatred, while our candidate Hillary Clinton has the experience, qualifications, intellect, principals and vision to keep America great."

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