CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - "We should be partners; we should not be banned. I accept that,” said Kay Rankin, a Trump supporter.
It was a welcome scene outside of the Charlotte City Council meeting on Monday, an embrace of solidarity outside the government center between Donald Trump supporters and those supporting council member Dimple Ajmera.
Trump supporters showed up in droves for Monday’s meeting after council member Ajmera said a little more than a week ago that those who voted Trump into office, shouldn’t have a seat on city council.
"We don't agree with what the city council member said. It's leaving out a whole lot of people in this town. She is representing the City of Charlotte," one Trump supporter said.
Ajmera held a press conference before Monday’s council meeting, to explain her statement, but she didn't take any questions from the media.
"My remarks on Trump were never on a political party," Ajmera said in her statement. "I started the conversation on Trumps values and I want to be the one to end it. With a call to action of mutual respect, care, and regard for our neighbors."
Those showing up to stage a sit-in were not buying the explanation.
"What she said today was written by a campaign manager. I can guarantee it," one Trump supporter said.
So far, Ajmera has stood by her comments regarding Donald Trump, but the president’s supporters, have one request.
"Well, at the least an apology. She doesn't need to step down. She needs to understand what she said and how people interrupted it and she needs to open her mind a little bit more," another explained.