A high school student hoped to get into President Donald Trump’s rally in Mississippi on Tuesday wearing a “Black Lives Matter” t-shirt.
It did not go well.
The student, Alexia Cobbs, stood in line for two hours outside of the rally in Southaven hoping to see the President. She could have earned extra credit for attending, but she also had a secondary motivation. Alexia doesn’t consider herself a Trump fan by any means, and she wore a “Black Lives Matter” t-shirt to send a message.
Secret Service agents on-site, however, were in no mood to accommodate Alexia and her plan to make a contrary political statement inside the auditorium. They kicked her out of the rally just as she tried to enter.
For most others, some who stood in line as early as 7:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, attending the rally was no problem. One couple even came from as far as Australia.
The DeSoto High School student stood outside the Landers Center for two hours in line only to be turned away by someone wearing a Secret Service shirt when she got inside.
“The Secret Service man just walks up to me and tells me to follow him, and so I did. And once I realized I was out the door, like he pushed me out the door,” Cobbs said. “I was like what and he was like don’t let the door hit your fingers on the way out.”
In telling her story to the media, Cobbs tried to portray herself as the victim. ‘It’s not OK for it to happen to anybody. It’s not OK for us to be so divided in our world that people who may not agree with what the President says cannot come and listen to him speak. There’s a problem with that.’
Cobbs, who was wearing a Black Lives Matter T-shirt said she believes it’s the reason Secret Service asked her to leave.
“I didn’t realize wearing a shirt could just disqualify you from listening to a sitting president speak,” Cobbs said. “I didn’t know only people who actively identify as Republicans were the only ones able to come in here and listen.”
Although some were not in favor of Trump’s visit, most of the people we spoke with had a different story.
“We thought we could not miss the opportunity to see an American president and especially Donald Trump,” said Dawn King.
Cobbs still argues that Trump is sending the wrong message to Americans.
“Everything he says basically is not well thought out, and once even more the world is laughing at us,” Cobbs said.
Cobbs said this incident makes her want to run for public office on day.
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