Rally draws Trump protesters, supporters

A man walks by a huge screen showing U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in Tokyo, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. (Source: AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
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PARKERSBURG, W.Va.-(WTAP) About 30 people late Thursday afternoon attended a rally in Parkersburg City Park, against President Donald Trump's military policy in the Middle East.

But not all of those speaking were against the president.

The gathering was organized by Wood County Indivisible, whose members are not convinced hostilities between the United States and Iran have quieted.

They accuse Trump of using the hostilities to turn attention away from impeachment proceedings in the U.S. Senate.

"We believe this to be a distraction from impeachment proceedings," said organizer Eric Engle, "we believe this to be an irresponsible act by the executive who did not take into account the fallout from such an act."

But one of those who took the microphone at the event said Democrats and the media were making Trump the aggressor, rather than Iran.

"The man needed to be taken out," referring to General Qassem Soleimani, killed in a U.S. attack. "And all over this country, it's on the news, it's on Facebook, it's on Twitter. The Democratic party is bashing the murder of a terrorist."

Williams argued with rally organizers about his rights to speak at the gathering.

Supporters of the president plan their own rally Saturday afternoon at 2:00 at the corner of Murdoch Avenue and Lakeview Drive in Parkersburg.