Suffolk County resident Kenneth Lane, a Donald Trump supporter, clashies...

Suffolk County resident Kenneth Lane, a Donald Trump supporter, clashies with the anti-Trump demonstrators outside the Police Academy on the campus at Suffolk Community Colllege in Brentwood on Friday, July 28, 2017. Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

There were different ways to support President Donald Trump on display outside Suffolk Community College in Brentwood on Friday afternoon.

About 25 of the president's supporters had gathered opposite a much larger anti-Trump protest at an entrance to the college. The speech itself was closed to the public, so the parking lot was the best shot for most people to have their voice heard.

In a community victimized by  MS-13 gang violence, immigration was the topic of the day. Trump supporter Joe Wellcome, 64, wished the government would expand guest worker programs for non-professionals like landscape workers, just so long as the government knew who was coming into the country.

Then there was a man who only gave his name as Mike, who used language White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci might approve of while yelling at the other side. His more printable phrases included “take a picture and I’ll knock you out,” “you all sound like a bunch of women,” and “rise up get your head pounded in.”

In a brief interview he said, “I’m gonna tell you one thing. Immigration is the root cause of most of the problems in the United States today.”

Later, he began berating others on the pro-Trump side for their lack of energy. He approached Wellcome, who was holding a sign: “You might as well put that thing down, because you didn’t do” anything, he said, using another word for “anything.”

“I didn’t see you on the phone,” Wellcome shot back. He explained that he had volunteered for both Trump's and Rep. Lee Zeldin's campaigns.

Which aid was more important? Wellcome smiled. Mike has “a lot of enthusiasm.” 

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