Donald Trump

The Crowd at Missoula's Playfair Park Thursday
Nick Mott

The ‘Love Trumps Hate’ rally, progressive Missoula’s answer to President Donald Trump’s appearance Thursday, drew roughly 1,500 people to Playfair Park.

The rally served as an emotional release for some participants.

Protesters mix with the Trump rally overflow crowd in an exchange that touched on race and the veracity of sexual assault allegations
Nicky Ouellet

As President Donald Trump stoked the crowd inside a hangar at Missoula’s airport last night, a small group of protesters mixed with some of the people who didn’t make it inside.

A couple dozen of the several hundred people outside milled around a police barricade about a mile away.

President Trump and U.S. Senate candidate Matt Rosendale at a campaign rally in Missoula, MT, Oct. 18, 2018.
Josh Burnham / MTPR

Thousands of people turned out for a campaign rally featuring President Trump, U.S. Senate candidate Matt Rosendale, Sen. Steve Daines and Rep. Greg Gianforte in Missoula Oct. 18, 2018.

At the same time, a "Love Trumps Hate" rally was happening across town where organizers registered people to vote, marched to the polls, danced and rallied in opposition to the president.

Check out some pictures from each rally here.

Senator Jon Tester spoke about his record supporting Montana's veterans at a press conference in Butte. October 18, 2018.
Nora Saks / MTPR

On the day President Trump visited Missoula, his third to Montana to stump for Republican Senate-hopeful Matt Rosendale, his Democratic opponent, Sen. Jon Tester, was in Butte with veterans of all political stripes. 

President Donald Trump and Montana Republican Senate candidate Matt Rosendale at a July 5 campaign rally in Great Falls, MT.
Sally Mauk / MTPR

UPDATED 7:15 pm Wed. 10/17:  

Missoula International Airport issued this statement on parking and logistics: 

"Parking for the Presidential Visit will NOT be on Airport property.  It will be East of Northstar off Corporate way.  Shuttles from the remote parking area will start at 2:00 PM.  Please refrain from driving in front of the terminal unless picking up or dropping off passengers.

The 100-foot tall "M" on the hillside of Mount Sentinel.
Nick Mott / MTPR

As President Trump’s visit to Missoula Thursday energizes both his supporters and protesters, a caretaker for Mt. Sentinel says using the hillside’s iconic 100-foot tall, white “M” for political messaging causes damage to the mountain.

Flyer for the 'Love Trumps Hate' rally planned for Oct. 18 in Missoula, MT.
Missoula Rises

An event to counter President Donald Trump’s planned rally at Missoula’s airport Thursday, Oct. 18 focuses on getting out the vote.

Missoula Rises is organizing the “Love Trumps Hate” rally which runs from 2:30 to 6 p.m. that same day at Playfair Park, about seven miles from the airport.

Air Force One.
Brian E. Kushner / iStock

There’s been a slight change of venue for President Donald Trump’s rally in Missoula on Thursday, October 18. It will now be held at Minuteman Aviation which is just west of the Missoula International Airport’s terminal. The event was originally scheduled to be held next door at Neptune Aviation.

Corin Cates-Carney

U.S. Senator Jon Tester walked up to the union picket line in Three Folks Saturday for the second time since the local Boilermakers #239 were locked out of the Imerys talc plant in early August, amid a bitter labor contract dispute.

Sally Mauk: Welcome to 'Campaign Beat,' our weekly political analysis program. I'm Sally Mauk and I'm joined by University of Montana Political Science Professor Rob Saldin and veteran Capitol Reporter Chuck Johnson.