CAIR Florida activist escorted out of Trump rally in Tampa

Posted at 10:56 PM, Jul 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-31 23:23:47-04

TAMPA, Fla. — Security officers escorted a local activist out of President Trump's campaign event in Tampa Tuesday night. 

“We came in and wanted to voice our concerns on different topics he was actually touching on," said Aida Mackic.


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Mackic is the Interfaith and Youth Program Director for Council on American-Islamic Relations - Florida, also known as CAIR Florida. 

"I've never been treated in a hostile way," said Mackic. "In such a manner where I'm getting shoved and threatened physically."

Mackic tells ABC Action News, she was there to speak out against President Trump's stance on immigration and the recent controversy surrounding families separated at the border. 

"I think that standing up for the children that are being detained and against everything that divides this country, I think it's my right as an American citizen."

While thousands of people attended Tuesday night's campaign event, a group of vocal protesters gathered outside, chanting and holding signs opposing the presidential visit. Within minutes, supporters of the president had shown up, clashing with protesters. 

Tampa Police officers used bicycles as barriers to separate the two groups. And deputies on horseback formed a line surrounding the protest to prevent any violence from happening outside the event.