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By Mark Gregory
Editorial Director 

Cold, rain doesn't damper Trump rally

Supporters demonstrated in Joliet Saturday morning

 

Last updated 1/11/2020 at 1:48pm

Several dozen supporters of President Donald J. Trump braved the cold rain Saturday morning to show their support of the controversial 45th president.

The rally was held on the corner of Jefferson St. and Larkin Ave. in Joliet in front of the White Castle fast food restaurant. The parking lot of the former K-Mart even featured a place to purchase Trump 2020 flags, hats and shirts.

Originally, there was scheduled to be a demonstration opposing the POTUS, however, none was present.

The supporters were from all walks of life, not only the middle-aged. white male normally associated with Trump supporters.

Amanda Severson, a 21-year-old college student was there flying a pink flag that read "Women for Trump."

"I am a college student and a Republican and I support Trump," Severson said. "I think there are a lot of people that are Republican, but voting for Trump you get pushed in the dark. I voted for Trump, but I can't say I voted for him because I am a woman? I agree with all his values."

Not all the supporters are from Joliet.

Indonesian-born Fi Thor and her friend drove from Downers Grove to attend the rally - something she said they do often.

"I was born and raised in a very strict, conservative Muslim family. Indonesia is the No. 1 Muslim population in the world and I doubt the Democrats know about that," she said. "I was born and raised in Indonesia and we don't have welfare, if you want food, you better get a job. So if I can do it, anyone can do it."

The Republican rally was initiated after Trump became the third United States President to be impeached, and first since Bill Clinton in 1999.

The House of Representatives approved articles of impeachment on December 18, 2019.

I am sick of the impeachment nonsense," said 19-year-old Joliet resident Ben Gould, who was at the rally with other late-teen supporters. "Trump has made his promises and he has kept him and I can't stand the liberals that will do anything to see his demise. I support most of what Trump stands for and I like how he is straight with the people."

 

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