Reuters: After anti-Trump protests, president's supporters hold rallies

Supporters of President Donald Trump were holding rallies in towns and cities across the country on Monday, partly as a rebuttal to waves of anti-Trump protests that have taken place since the Republican's election last November.

Trump was not scheduled to appear at any of this week's rallies. The venues range from a park in the small town of Gravette, Arkansas, to the plaza outside the Georgia State Capitol building in downtown Atlanta.

In Atlanta, a crowd of about 200 mostly white supporters gathered on an overcast day.

"I just think we need to support our president," said Vivian Phillips, a 60-year-old retired schoolteacher who drove more than seven hours from her West Virginia home to attend the rally in Atlanta.

Phillips held a sign reading "adorable deplorable from West Virginia," referring to comments made by Democrat Hillary Clinton during last fall's presidential election campaign about Trump's supporters.

Edward Ethridge, a 42-year-old Atlanta business owner agreed, saying, "Give Trump a chance."

In Mandeville, Louisiana, outside New Orleans, almost 100 people, many dressed in the red, white and blue colors of the American flag, gathered at a pavilion to voice their support. The crowd, which even included a Trump impersonator, carried signs such as "We Love Trump" and "Support Our President."