Following the announcement earlier this week that President Donald Trump is scheduled to visit the Whirlpool plant in Clyde on Thursday, local groups are planning to rally in opposition to the president’s agenda and values.
Trump will tour the plant and deliver a speech promoting the efforts of his administration to revitalize the country’s manufacturing sector.
People for Peace & Justice Sandusky County and Justice 4 Migrant Women are holding a “Concerned Citizens’ Rally” near the corner of McPherson Highway and Birdseye St. beginning at 11 a.m. and going through 3 p.m.
Speakers are set to deliver remarks at the rally at 12:30 p.m. The lineup of speakers includes Mónica Ramírez of Justice for Migrant Women, Josie Setzler of People for Peace and Justice, Reem Subei of Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, youth and immigrant rights advocate Natalia Alonso, LGBT+ rights activist Chastity Gilbert, and Regina Vincent-Williams of the Fremont branch of the NAACP.
The groups are encouraging all participants to wear a mask and maintain social distancing due to the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic.
“Ohioans demand an aggressive plan to address the COVID-19 crisis, economic stability, racial justice & more. Let’s make sure Trump hears our concerns & priorities,” the groups wrote in their Facebook event description.
The exact time Trump will arrive in Clyde to tour the plant and deliver remarks has not been confirmed as of Wednesday morning.
The U.S. Secret Service has been in contact with local authorities to coordinate logistics and traffic control for the president’s visit, according to Sandusky County Sheriff Chris Hilton.
The sprawling Clyde plant — stretching nearly a mile from corner to corner — is the largest residential washing machine manufacturing plant in the world, employing over 3,000 people.
Trump’s visit to Clyde will be his first trip to Ohio since the novel coronavirus pandemic started. The visit will also be the first visit to Sandusky County by a sitting president since 1912.