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At a demonstration outside the Expo Park in Great Falls, men and women, young and old, and, surprisingly, liberals and conservatives stood together to protest President Donald Trump's policies.

They chanted, "The people united will never be divided."
  

The crowd mainly included Democratic supporters. However, a few folks jumped across the right aisle to move left for this protest.

"He's a terrible, terrible ugly person," said Richard Baker, who said he's a conservative against Trump. 

Baker is veteran who's traditionally cast his vote for the GOP. He says he still maintains many conservative values, but his ticket turned slightly blue with the election of the 45th president.

"Trump represents the rich and he divides Americans citizens among each other," said Baker.

Democrats brought several of their own out. Organizer of the protest, Laura Wight, says she only expected five or six supporters to show up and was shocked and overwhelmed when more than 300 people made an appearance.

"A couple of us in town thought, you know, what that's really not the kind of message we want to send is that Great Falls opens our doors to hate and discrimination and bigotry," Wight said. "And so we thought, 'well we'll plan a protest.'

The group had several causes and messages. A good majority of the signs were dedicated in support of incumbent Jon Tester. They say the senior Democratic senator works hard to uphold Montana values- like the protection of public lands.

"Montanans are capable of deciding who to vote for on our own. We don't need somebody from the outside coming in telling us how to vote or who we should vote for."

Others rallied to keep families together, strengthen unions and protect the environment.

"I think that it's very important to stand up for the things we believe in. I believe in the message of the bible: Do unto the least of these," said Janet Zimmerman, who said she's a fifth generation Montanan.

For the most part, law enforcement kept the peace, but one brawl did break out. People on the scene said a man tried to attack the anti-Trump demonstrators. Police quickly broke it up and arrested him.

Despite sustaining a few bruises and getting scorched by the sun, protesters said today was a great opportunity to open up political discussions beyond the barriers of a computer.

Although both sides could agree on one thing: a love for their country.

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