By Jenna Wise | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
The crowds of Trump supporters expected to flood into Wildwood next week for the president’s rally will be met with waves of protesters outside the Jersey Shore town’s convention center.
President Trump has scheduled the Jan. 28 event at The Wildwoods Convention Center with U.S. Rep. Jeff Van Drew, who recently switched to the Republican Party and voted against impeaching Trump last month. Van Drew, R-2nd Dist., said Sunday that about 100,000 people have requested tickets for the rally.
The convention center holds 7,400 people and tickets do not guarantee admittance. People are expected to start lining up outside well before the start time. Security inside and outside the building is expected to be tight for the presidential visit.
The organizations planning protests, however, said they plan to make their voices heard.
The local progressive activist group Cape May County Indivisible is planning a rally outside the convention center alongside more than two dozen other grassroots organizations. The event, dubbed “Trump: You are not welcome here!” will include speeches from Atlantic County Freeholder Ashley Bennett, Will Cunningham and Amy Kennedy, three of the Democratic primary candidates vying to oppose Van Drew in the general election.
CMC Indivisible is estimating between 500 and 1,000 people will be in attendance.
“When hate comes to our backyard, we feel a moral obligation to stand up and take action. So we will stand in peaceful protest, and in solidarity with the marginalized communities that this administration is hurting,” CMC Indivisible wrote on its Facebook page.
The protest is scheduled from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
A CMC Indivisible spokeswoman said their group is taking the lead on organizing and coordinating activities with other organizations, including the Cape May County Democratic Committee and Real Democrats of New Jersey.