Utahns sign letter declaring Trump ‘not welcome here’

In this file photo, President Donald Trump speaks about the U.S. role in the Paris climate change accord, Thursday, June 1, 2017, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, D.C., June 1, 2017 | AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – An online letter voicing opposition to President Donald Trump’s pending December visit to Utah is making its way through social media and has garnered over 1,000 signatures thus far.

The letter appeared on Facebook last week in the wake of the announcement that Trump plans to shrink the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments. The White House subsequently confirmed the presidents planned to visit Utah in December.

Read more: Trump to shrink Bears Ears, Grand Staircase-Escalante monuments

Titled “Open Letter: Donald Trump is Not Welcome in Utah,” the petition reads in part:

We, the undersigned residents of the state of Utah, wish to express our strong opposition to the invitation of President Donald Trump to the state of Utah by Senator Orrin Hatch. It has been reported that President Trump will be visiting Utah in December, and by signing this letter, we express our concern that his presence in our home will disgrace and embarrass the state of Utah, and will add unnecessary fuel to the fire of an issue that is very personal for so many Utahns across the state.

Donald Trump has repeatedly demonstrated that he does not value the Utah ideals of integrity, honesty, and respect. We condemn, in the strongest possible terms, his presence in our state, and we urge Senator Orrin Hatch to reconsider his invitation. With the understanding that this is very unlikely, we further urge the Senator to stand up for the people of Utah by condemning the repeated instances of hatred, bigotry, racism, sexism, ableism, and corruption that have come from the Trump administration.

….Utah is a community that values respect, integrity, honesty, and compassion. Donald Trump, as a person who does not exhibit any regard for these values, is not welcome here.

The petition was created by Utah resident Madalena McNeil, who told St. George News over Facebook Tuesday that she created the petition as a way “to provide the people of Utah for an outlet where they can stand up for themselves and each other, and do so in a way where they don’t feel isolated.”

It is also meant as a way to tell Hatch and Utah’s other elected representatives that despite political differences, there are people in Utah who are united in opposition against Trump.

As of the latest update Tuesday at 5:22 p.m., the letter has 1,049 signatures and rising, many of whom self-identify as Republicans and Democrats and are from across the state, McNeil said.

Thus far, over 20 signatures have come from southwest Utah, with about half of those originated from St. George.

The petition can be seen in its entirety here.

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  • John November 1, 2017 at 9:32 am

    wow, He’s coming to Utah like it or not ! Time to pull up your big girl panties and deal with it !

    • Chris November 1, 2017 at 10:50 am

      just because the piece of crap is coming does not mean we have to like it. it’s called freedom of expression doofus.

      • John November 1, 2017 at 11:55 am

        hahahahaha!! take it and like it chrissy girl.. get a life ! hahahahahaha! are you tired of losing yet ?

        • comments November 1, 2017 at 12:34 pm

          I think John has a little man crush on the donald. Or is it a boy crush. From the way he writes I think he might be 12 years old.

          • John November 1, 2017 at 12:58 pm

            such sore pansy [email protected]@ snoflake losers..hahahahahaha! Boo Hoo hoo ! Who’s not the president? you going to be sce=reaming at the sky on the 8th? you should , you belong there

          • comments November 1, 2017 at 1:59 pm

            your response just proved my point

          • mesaman November 1, 2017 at 8:27 pm

            I think comments has a brain tumor, or does his tumor have a brain?

        • bikeandfish November 1, 2017 at 12:49 pm

          I fear you didn’t consider the discomfort of panties well enough, John. Switching to tight fitting clothing can definitely affect your mood. Maybe consider changing into some looser fitting boxers for a while if you find yourself getting grumpy.

          Don’t give up on the panties yet though. I am sure it’s just a period of adjustment and they will be everything you wanted. I hope you find happiness with your underwear choices, John, so we can get back to talking about the articles.

      • ScottinSlc November 2, 2017 at 3:06 pm

        ” you mean freedom of Oppression” in your case, turd tamper , are you here legally??

    • bikeandfish November 1, 2017 at 11:09 am

      Hey, John, we agree on something! A couple citizens don’t have any privilege or power to make the duly elected POTUS unwelcome in any state of the Union. We should relish this rare moment of agreement.

      Also, John, if you like to wear panties just own it. No need to test the waters by constantly seeing if others do. You do you, buddy. If you are trying to have kids be careful though as doctors recommend avoiding form fitting underwear for the man. Other than that, do what makes you happy even if I can only imagine physical discomfort in wearing them.

    • ScottinSlc November 2, 2017 at 3:30 pm

      the problem is , a lot of these people that pull up her Girl panties , would have a vienna sausage hidden on them … LOL Bernie Voters.. LOL can you fall any lower than that loser

  • JOSH DALTON November 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

    I looked it up. According to Google 515,231 of you people voted for this buffoon! Now you don’t want him here. Trump has hit a historical low-33% approval rating. Sorry rednecks, you were wrong and you lost. I bet you wish we had the black guy back in office! The rednecks get government assistance, like WICK and food stamps because of Obama, not to mention health care. So sit back in your double-wide and keep screaming “make America great again” we hear you, trust me. We have another 3 years to go before we are a great nation again. I hope our next President is a Asian or Mexican woman. That would make America great again! GO FALCONS!

    • bikeandfish November 1, 2017 at 10:04 am

      I find Trump to be a vile individual but your post is a wicked example of prejudice and stereotypes.

    • ScottinSlc November 2, 2017 at 3:22 pm

      ODD…. for somebody so unpopular to win the presidency or maybe… you’re just getting suckered like you have all your life (Democrat- communist) and believe anything you read . that’s my bet . A feminist is what you mean…. wouldn’t that be great then you could let all your felon relatives come into ” MY ” country and sign up for welfare just like you , and just give stuff away the old Democratp party., Bonanza, Lottery LOL ! Not on my watch and buy the time Trumps is done in 2024 you’ll be working at Mcdonalds where you belong , there will be a wall to keep out the mexicants/felons/criminals/freebies and NO MORE BOMA CARE LOL you wanna bet which of us will be s right??

  • mmsandie November 1, 2017 at 9:51 am

    There is a lot more behind thi# president than we know, get 120 million a year, doesn’t pay taxes in 20 yrs.. 8nvolved in Russian fiasco, lies, denies, and changes his opinion and mind.. it’s not just the bears ears cutback.. he probably has .5 seen the beauty of Utah, done anything outside for sports.and has problems hurting and firing people..

    • Mike November 1, 2017 at 2:28 pm

      Hey ya lost get over it. Ya need to quit watching CNN!

      • tcrider November 1, 2017 at 4:09 pm

        why should he quit watching cnn, the dungle trump gets all his
        real news from there and then he makes up bs and calls it fake news,
        the dungle trump, never my steaming pile.

    • ScottinSlc November 2, 2017 at 3:24 pm

      you should not speak your 87 IQ is showing , 7 yr olds are more articulate.

  • Southpaw November 1, 2017 at 10:03 am

    Wow! Over 1,000 people in the state and over 20 people in Southern Utah have signed this petition. This a huge news event!

    • ScottinSlc November 2, 2017 at 3:28 pm

      they think they matter … LOL , yes when you take Zoloft , you think you do! LMOL ahhhhhhh… what it must feel like to” know ” your irrelevant . Nope!! i can’t imagine. My mind won’t do loser/Democrat mode i have a job… LOL

  • indy-vfr November 1, 2017 at 10:12 am

    Wow, you Leftist sure are a nasty bunch!

    • Chris November 1, 2017 at 10:52 am

      oh yeah, conservatives around here gave Obama much more respect, didn’t they?

      • John November 1, 2017 at 11:57 am

        no.. Obammma was on a worldwide 8 year apology tour, King butt kisser and liar in chief.. Ineffective as a leader and a race baiter as big as his bubby al sharpton, if you think that was good , you are the problem

    • John November 1, 2017 at 11:01 am

      The lefties didn’t take losing legitimately very well,They still don’t get the fact that they were lied to by the democrats, are still being lied to by the democrats,and are still being led around like donkeys chasing the carrot by the MSM ! He’s coming anyway! Cry all you want! DRAIN THE SWAMP ! Obama is not president any more get over it already !

  • dogmatic November 1, 2017 at 10:13 am

    The 10 signatures in Saint George was from Ed Kociela and his readers. And the 3 bonehead whiners in the above comments.

  • comments November 1, 2017 at 10:35 am

    I think trump is an evil POS. Just an absolute piece of human garbage. Worst of the worst.

    • John November 1, 2017 at 11:02 am

      And Hillary is better? you need a lobotomy!

      • .... November 1, 2017 at 11:33 am

        Don’t mind Bob aka ( comments ) he has a problem with the whole world and everything in it

        • John November 1, 2017 at 12:19 pm

          I don’t mind, I’m just impressed by the level of stupid…

      • bikeandfish November 1, 2017 at 12:58 pm

        What form of lobotomy are you familiar with? Did you have it done back in the 40s-50s? So rare now. I sincerely hoped it helped given its failure rate and given it was often involuntarily. Given how light-hearted you are about I’m guessing it did. Good attitude.

        • John November 1, 2017 at 1:09 pm

          lobotomies are rare , yes..that’s why we have so many liberals.. bring it back.. oh and you should wear panties.. your bike seat is rebelling

          • bikeandfish November 1, 2017 at 1:33 pm

            I don’t understand, why is my bike seat rebelling? Thanks for the heads up as I had no clue. Its good knowing you are looking out for me, John.

          • John November 1, 2017 at 1:47 pm

            because something smells fishy

          • bikeandfish November 1, 2017 at 1:58 pm

            Last time I used the bike I did go fishing. I’ll make sure give it a good cleaning as it was one of my most successful days this year.

            Such a charitable bloke you are, John. Thanks again for all you do!

  • DudePolitic November 1, 2017 at 11:31 am

    WOW! One thousand signatures. That is almost half of the democrats in Utah, right?

  • Thadeous November 1, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    Hes welcome here anytime. Trump is doing exactly what I hired him for. Not controlled by left or right. Thats what pisses the libs off so much is they cant control him. So they go to name calling, whining, crying, making an ass of themselves. Suck it up. He is your president.

  • mctrialsguy November 1, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    One thousand signatures is one grain of sand in the bucket of Utah, I am sorry but I thought that Utah had at least a few more pansies than that. Guess that my numbers were a little off. I think that the number matches the number of psychotics in the state, coincidence?? The stock market is at a record high, job market is same, Slick Willy (Bill) & Hilarious Hilary are the biggest political crooks in history, and are being investigated again for laundering crimes, and they may not get away with it this time.

    • John November 1, 2017 at 12:15 pm

      It does have more pansies than that ! Most of them are still cowering in their parent’s basements afraid to come out for fear of being called snowflakes….

      • bikeandfish November 1, 2017 at 1:31 pm

        Don’t beat yourself up too much John. Everyone goes through rough patches financially. I am sure your parents love having you there and it gives you a chance to save up for your own place down the road.

        Why the fear of snow? Staying in your basement will definitely provide you shelter from such weather but its important not too become too sheltered. Best of luck this winter, John. Luckily I hear it’s going to be mild.

        • John November 1, 2017 at 3:01 pm

          I have had a very successful business in St George for the last 35 years and I didn’t bother getting a college degree, They are worthless.. but if you feel you must accuse others of what you yourself are doing,more power to you..I would have thought your mommy would have thrown you out by now.. My son is a successful Psychiatrist in SLC, Would you like an appointment for your Trump Acceptance Resistance Disorder ?.. I can get you a discount

          • bikeandfish November 1, 2017 at 3:27 pm

            You must be so proud of each other. I mean your son has found a new disorder for the DSM and must have a ton of publications and attention from such new work. And to do burdened by so many years of worthless study. Bravo.

            And he must be so proud of his kind, intelligent, thoughtful father and the way he treats people on the internet. How could he not be, John?

            I just hope you gain some of your confidence back after this hard spell. No shame, buddy. I can understand wanting to make a fresh start and try out more form fitting clothing like panties. Maybe not the best choice for playing in snow though. Maybe that helps explain your fear of snowflakes though.

            Thanks again for joviality, thoughtful conversation and wisdom you continue to share with us, John.

          • John November 1, 2017 at 4:24 pm


          • bikeandfish November 1, 2017 at 4:51 pm

            I know alot of people complain about the use of all caps but I think you use them well, John. Get it out.

            Even if you are struggling take pride in knowing your son has done so much more with his life than you could ever have hoped for yourself. To think of where he started? Its like an intellectual rags to riches story. Like I said, you must be so proud. Heck, being a psychiatrist, I am sure your son could help you better understand being stuck on the imagery of basements and snowflakes. It won’t be cheap but I am sure your discount will help.

            Best of luck, John. Just know that we are here for you. We are plenty happy providing the same treatment to you that you have provided so generously to so many of us.

          • bikeandfish November 1, 2017 at 5:16 pm

            I also think its great you still call her mommy. I know must of us grew out of that early but I think that such a young way of living shines in you. You have clearly embraced your inner child with such vigor and pride. Keep it up, John. You set such an im measurable standard here.

          • John November 1, 2017 at 5:17 pm

            bikeandfish, it’s no wonder nobody likes you… you are one stuck up know nothing arrogant piece of frog turd… but if you keep coming back with such inane comments, i will continue to mock your extreme condescending uneducated leftist nature.. there is a word that is used to describe people like you but it can not be used here.. back end of a horse is about as close as i want to go withthat, and I know that many many people agree with that assessment. pompous blowhard snowflake sums it up too! I think you have to go back to school, The crayon on your degree is melting, just like you, snowflake !

          • bikeandfish November 1, 2017 at 5:44 pm

            Your imagination just shines through again, John! Did you own a publishing business? If so, I sure hope someone made sure your words were written down for posterity. What a loss if you didn’t.

            Are you using crayons again? I’ve always thought it must be nice to hit that age you get to act like a child again. Must be so freeing not to have any expectations of an adult, like being coherent or rational.

            Don’t give up on All Caps, John. I find it helps folks like you to repeat an insult all over again in All Caps if it didn’t work the first time. I mean how serious is the phrase “leftist pompous blowhard snowflake” without the pizazz of all caps?

            Enjoy drawing unicorns in your coloring books with crayons while wearing your panties in the basement, John. Sounds like a perfect night for you.

          • comments November 1, 2017 at 5:47 pm

            The sexual tension between you two is just too much. The both of you really should just GET A ROOM. lmao 😉

          • bikeandfish November 1, 2017 at 6:29 pm

            Oh, comment, John is right. That has to be the most leftist pompous blowhard snowflake statement ever. Now I am confused. Is it snoflake or snowflake? Whatever, you also smell fishy.


        • John November 1, 2017 at 6:37 pm

          boo hoo hoo,, you lose..checkmate..game set match..hahahaha!…melted snowflake..always deflecting never confronting the issue.. you proved my point again you illiterate douche bag

          • comments November 1, 2017 at 7:02 pm

            john’s new nickname should be snoflake. poor lil baby


          • bikeandfish November 1, 2017 at 7:27 pm

            Thanks for such stirring and deep compliments, John. It took me a while but I better understand your terms of endearment.

            I would have to warn you against using a douchebag though. Beyond their questionable benefit they are also only designed for women. Sorry that wasn’t clear before you got so excited. Must be confusing.

            We keep discovering so much in common and we can add chess to that list. Not so fond of tennis myself.

            Thanks again for the thought-provoking correspondence.

          • bikeandfish November 1, 2017 at 7:30 pm

            Comment, given how reserved John is with the use of the phrase snoflake I assume it must be a significant compliment. I think he will be honored by the name.

  • Curtis November 1, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    Come on folks, give the snowflakes a break. If they can get off signing the petition or letting out a primal scream of protest on Nov 8 then cut them some slack. It’s not like they were doing anything of any importance or that anyone was going to pay any attention to.

  • Natalie November 1, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    It should be “making its way,” not “it’s way.”
    “It’s” is, without exception, a contraction of “it is.” So, “making it is way across social media” obviously doesn’t make sense.

    Get it together.

    • Paul Dail November 1, 2017 at 12:57 pm

      Natalie, thank you for bringing this to our attention. It has been remedied.

      Paul Dail
      Editor, Reporter

  • cv_t-bird November 1, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    This is just laughable! I’m pretty sure Trump is welcome here by a vast majority of the population. Most of the people signing this petition are not even from around here! If we started a counter-petition to say he is welcome here, I can guarantee we would get 100x as many if not more. I remember that last time Obama visited Utah and the state welcomed him with open arms, even if we all didn’t agree with his policies. Have the same respect for trump.

  • comments November 1, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    The donald will probably be disappointed that girls/women in UT are not as easy to sexually exploit and abuse as the poor Slovakian girls he’s used to sexually abusing/exploiting. What a POS this creature we call a president. Total piece of filth.

  • NickDanger November 1, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    I can get 1,000 signatures demanding that Al Pacino isn’t welcome in Utah. Maybe I will.

  • Joe November 1, 2017 at 6:15 pm


    • comments November 1, 2017 at 7:03 pm

      snoflake is having a temper tantrum. lol

  • bikeandfish November 1, 2017 at 6:30 pm


  • sloosle November 1, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    How about St George News look up Truth in Advertising… There are 10 people in St George that have signed this petition?

    We all know you are a small town newspaper, but you don’t have to act like it. Have a bit of integrity!

    • mesaman November 1, 2017 at 8:36 pm

      Go feed your gerbils, sloosie and leave the thinking to the adults. WHOA! Wait a minute after reading the comments this far I find it hard to identify more than a half dozen writers who demonstrate the maturity of an adult.

  • Real Life November 1, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    I do believe this piece struck a nerve!

  • ladybugavenger November 1, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    I gotta say, b&f has stepped it up a notch. You got some heart and sarcasm or is it a sarcasm heart? Either way, its heart 😉

    • bikeandfish November 2, 2017 at 2:21 pm

      What sarcasm :^)

      Sometimes you have to flip the script on trolling as not feeding the troll only works on occasion.

      • ladybugavenger November 2, 2017 at 5:36 pm

        I did forget the question mark after sarcasm. You’re right, it probably doesn’t fall under sarcasm, but it was funny to read.

  • John November 1, 2017 at 7:54 pm


  • Diana November 1, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    They’ll need 99,000 more signatures within 30 days before sending to Legislation, according to the First Amendment in the US Constitution. It’s the legal way.

  • utahdiablo November 1, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    All the X’s on the signature paper look like kisses….add a few hugs when you make your mark! xoxoxoxo…:>)

  • commonsense November 1, 2017 at 9:20 pm

    You know who is really not welcome here, Barrack Hussein Obama and he knew it. No signatures necessary. His socialist global agenda was not popular in this fiscally conservative state.

    The large land grab was political and excessive. Trump will be welcomed by elected leadership and most Utahns. His governing style resonates with any responsible and thoughtful person.

  • dodgers November 2, 2017 at 5:41 am

    So few signatures tells me the overwhelming majority are either excited about his visit, or indifferent.
    Our President visiting Utah is extremely positive and great news for the state.

  • high5 November 2, 2017 at 6:35 am

    Well- This is better than The Comic Page- You All Need to get to Kindergarten Class- lmfao?????????????????

  • Tom November 2, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    You freaking lefties are an embarrassment to the state and nation, your constand bitching and moaning only displays how immature and hateful you are, you make me sick. You are a pimple on the ass end of Utah and the nation. What have you done for the nation other then whine like fresking baby children..you folks are losers in every sense of the word.

    • Rainbow Dash November 2, 2017 at 12:59 pm

      And your inciteful, grammatically correct, well thought out comment only contributes to the story and by extension the world. Thank you for writing it and have a nice day, SIR! 🙂

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