A New Hampshire group is planning a peaceful protest outside of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's event in Portsmouth on Thursday night.
The American Friends Service Committee's New Hampshire Program is organizing the protest with Occupy Seacoast. It will take place outside the Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel, where Trump is scheduled to attend a meeting of the New England Police Benevolent Association before giving remarks.
"There is too much toxic rhetoric in the current political discourse," said Maggie Fogarty, co-director of AFSC's New Hampshire Program. "We feel a need to be visible in public at this time with a message that calls for the building of bridges between peoples, not the construction of walls."
The group plans to assemble on sidewalks near the hotel starting at 4:30 p.m. Trump is scheduled to speak around 7:45 p.m.
Trump's appearance promises to generate a lot of attention given his recent comments about banning Muslims from entering the U.S. New Hampshire Republican Party Chairman Jennifer Horn is one of several Republicans in the state who have come out publicly in opposition to Trump's comments in recent days.