CINCINNATI — The U.S. Bank Arena floor at President Donald Trump’s rally last week was nothing less than auditory overload.

The overwhelming sound of such songs as Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” and Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer” blared through dozens of speakers hanging from the ceiling.

Harold Sellars, a 50-year-old maintenance worker, braved the deafening noise and traded a thinly cushioned seat for a spot on the floor less than 50 feet from the podium.

He said he was eager to hear the president go after Democrats, particularly for their “constant criticizing” and not working with him on issues like the economy.

“The economy’s always going to be important, and I think he’s doing good on that,” he said. “If the Democrats would just help him out, everybody would be so much better off. Being bipartisan is better for everyone.”

Despite that sentiment, the president and about 20,000 attendees expressed no interest in opposing views. At one point, the rally paused for about three minutes as Trump and the arena’s attention focused on the crowd behind and to the left of the president.

A protester had unveiled a white sheet with the words “Immigrants Built America.” The Trump fans around him grabbed and pulled at the sheet until he let go and was escorted out by security.

The crowd gave a round of thunderous applause after the exchange.

Even before the president began speaking, Democrats and immigration wove through conversations everywhere from the lowest arena seats to the concession line upstairs.

Up there, no one shouts “send her back” or even the more popular “drain that swamp.” Until they sit down in the deafening landscape of the arena, Trump fans just wait for a pretzel and some nacho cheese.

This is not to say the president and his rhetoric are completely absent from the concession line.

“I don’t like illegal immigrants coming into our country and taking our jobs,” said Shelley Miller, a 38-year old construction project manager, as she stood near the back of one such line. “It’s a problem that’s got to be dealt with, and President Trump is doing it.”

Immigration continues to be a powerful issue for even the casual Trump supporter. Few things drew greater enthusiasm at the rally than mentions of border security, immigrants here illegally and, of course, building the wall.

The issue of race is one of those few things.

Democrats factored into the way several supporters talked about race. Many defended the president against criticism for his recent racist tweets targeting Reps. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Cincinnati-born Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, all of whom are not white.

The crowd in line for hot dogs was peppered with outrage at people “getting offended” at what the president says.

“It’s ridiculous to call it racist,” said Melissa Carlile, a 48-year-old small business owner. “It just goes to show you how easily people get offended these days. We live in a country full of offended people.”

Sellars, the maintenance worker from the floor, pointed the finger back at the Democrats.

“I’m tired of all the race-baiting,” he said. “What he said about Cummings wasn’t racist. He was talking about Baltimore. That thing about Ocasio-Cortez and the other three? He told them, ‘Go back there, fix it and then come back. He didn’t say ‘Go away and stay.’”

“Everybody’s all about criticizing him. Nobody’s criticizing them. None of the Democrats have accomplished anything but attack him,” he said.

“I think he’s done a great job so far,” Carlile said. “He’s earnest and honest with how he wants to do things, and I really respect him for it.”

Some supporters acknowledged that the president could make some sort of mistake to lose their support in the future, but added that that was near-impossible.

“If he killed somebody I couldn’t support him,” Sellars said. “But that’s not very likely. Until he does something like that, I’ll be right here with him.”