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Protestors rally outside Trump Jr. event

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Posted at 10:43 AM, Sep 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-23 05:58:42-04

About two dozen protestors marched in front of the Jackson Jet Center in Boise Thursday morning, protesting Donald Trump, Jr’s appearance.

Trump appeared briefly for both a Republican fundraiser and a media availability, campaigning for his father’s Republican Presidential bid.

“This event came together on very short notice,” said.  Layne Bangerter, Idaho State Director of the Trump for President campaign.

“The Trump camp has noticed the energized campaign that we have here in Idaho and are recognizing and acknowledging that with Donald Trump Junior’s visit.”

“He has special connections to the West -– being a conservationist and sportsman. So we’ll be talking with him about topics facing the West, such as land water issues,” he added.

“We realize Idaho is not a battleground state, and that Donald Trump needs to be in other areas of the country. Of course, we would certainly love to see Mr. Trump, himself, come to Idaho and some point,” Bangerter stated.

Jennifer Martinez, a candidate for Idaho’s Second District Congressional seat, helped organize the protest. Some of the protestors identified themselves as supporters of Democrat Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

The protesters chanted slogans like "Turn Idaho blue" or “Let Gary debate” -– referencing Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson, who has not been allowed to participate in the upcoming nationally-televised Presidential candidate debates.

Many of the signs protesters carried made references to “Skittles” candy, in response to a tweet Donald Trump Jr. made comparing Syrian refugees to poisoned candy.

Several Boise Police officers were seen near the protestors, but no violence or confrontations were reported.