Presidential candidate Donald Trump drew a large crowd of supporters and some very passionate anti-Trump protestors in Patchogue on Thursday night.
Speaking in front of more than a thousand people at the Emporium Nightclub, Trump vowed to bring jobs back to Suffolk County and talked about his well-known stance on immigration.
In response to his rally, protesters held a vigil a few blocks away at the site where Ecuadorian immigrant Marcelo Lucero was murdered in 2008.
Trump and the Suffolk County Republican Party ignored calls for a change of venue to move the frontrunner’s rally away from the scene of that hate crime.
Marcelo's younger brother, Joselo, spoke through tears as he addressed a crowd of about 100 protesters.
“To have someone have so much power, he has so much in his head. He can have so much money. But you know what he doesn't have? He doesn't have feelings. This is not a reality show. This is real,” Joselo said.
Security was tight; Police Commissioner Tim Sini says opposing protestors were kept apart to keep the peace.
“People who are for Trump are designated for one area, people who are against Trump are in another area and then we have peaceful vigils occurring in different locations,” Sini said.
That strategy seems to have worked, according to the Suffolk County Police Department, there were no major incidents or arrests.