Protest groups in the metro-east and Missouri started mobilizing Friday in response to reports that President Donald Trump will have a rally Aug. 30 in Springfield, Mo.
Members of Indivisible 12th, a local branch of the left-leaning organization The Indivisible Project, which was formed to challenge Trump and conservative agendas, will discuss a plan of action Saturday at a previously planned meet-and-greet, according to a leader of the local branch.
Jessica Motsinger said Friday that Indivisible 12th just found out about the rally. She said she would pose the question of protesting to the other members of the group Saturday.
Cynthia McNiel, creator and administrator of Springfield Missouri Feminists, said her group was also making plans.
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“There will be a response to this visit,” McNiel said. “How it is going to stack up is not yet clear.”
People also took to social media Friday to express their thoughts on Trump’s visit.
McNiel said she thinks the timing of the rally’s announcement is a purposeful attempt to take away from Women’s Equality Day in Springfield.
“I think we have their attention, and their visit is a response to that,” she said. “It’s been bubbling under the surface for a long time, and it’s all kind of coming together now. We will see what happens next week, and we will see what we see.”
A post on the group’s Facebook page mentioned collaboration with Springfield Indivisible, a Missouri branch of the Indivisible Project. Part of the post read: “Expect an invitation to welcome the President to Springfield on Wednesday. Stay tuned.”