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Protest against Presler event ‘heartwarming,’ attendee says

April 6, 2019

KENT — Kent resident Whitney Troy headed to the center of town Saturday to join a protest whose 40 or so participants ran the gamut from high school students to senior citizens, she said. With speakers who championed themes of inclusion, the demonstration was organized by the Kent Democratic Town Committee in opposition to a Scott Presler event being held nearby.

The Presler event was meant to be an “activism class” to teach the Connecticut GOP “how to get out the vote in preparation for the 2020 presidential elections,” according to an EventBrite page. The event’s description was wrapped up with: “#Trump2020.”

After the Kent Democratic Committee tried and failed to get the event canceled, it announced its intention to hold a protest.

Troy was happy to see fellow residents at the demonstration. “It was just so heartwarming.”

Speakers at the demonstration spoke against hate and encouraged solidarity.

Presler was previously lead activism strategist for ACT for America from February 2017 to 2018, according to his Facebook page. The Virginia Beach-based organization has been identified by the Anti-Defamation League as the biggest anti-Muslim group in the United States.

Though a Litchfield resident, Whitney Troy’s sister, Jessica Troy, also came out to protest the Presler event.

“It was so wonderful to see all these members of a town come together,” she said. “What’s happening in our country is impacting every town, everywhere.”