Macon-Bibb reacts to Donald Trump’s visit

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Residents including leaders in Macon-Bibb are reacting to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s campaign rally at the Macon Centreplex. 

Macon Judicial Circuit District Attorney David Cooke held a news conference Monday morning in reference to maintaining safety at the rally. 

He and other law enforcement agencies met last Friday on ways to ensure no one gets hurt. The conversation comes after a protester was assaulted in Birmingham during one of Trump’s campaign rally. 

“Violence is not part of the democratic exchange of ideas and violence will not be tolerated,” Cooke said during his remarks. 

The chair for the Macon-Bibb Democratic Party, John Swint, says he’s hoping Trump’s appearance will help attract a Democratic presidential candidate to come to Macon. 

Swint also says while Trump has good ideas, he’s concerned should Trump win, the U.S. would be constantly at war. 

“When it comes to foreign policy, I’m so afraid we’ll be at war with everybody,” Swint says. “His perception is not ‘Mainstream America.’ A lot of his ideas are great, but he’s on the wrong side of the fence.”

Former Macon Mayor C. Jack Ellis is protesting Donald Trump’s rally. He says he disagrees with everything Trump has said during his campaign.

“When you say Syrian refugees coming here, we shouldn’t allow them here, we should put up a fence and not allow people who come to a country that was built by refugees. I’m diametrically opposed to everything he stands for,” Ellis said as Trump supporters set for Monday’s rally.

41NBC has a crew at Trump’s rally in Macon.

Stay with for updates and more reactions to the presidential candidate’s visit. 

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