Hundreds gather for pro-Trump event in Spokane Valley
SPOKANE, Wash. — From Washington D.C. to New York to Nashville, crowds gathered on Saturday to show their support of President Donald Trump.
In Spokane Valley, a few hundred packed into an auditorium for a pro-President Trump rally hosted by a local group of his supporters.
Among the speakers were Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich, City Councilman Mike Fagan, and Spokane County Prosecutor Larry Haskell.
Organizers say the event was welcome to anyone who supports President Donald Trump’s efforts in “Putting America First,” and the goal was to “show love for this country, respect for our Constitution, and pride in our Republic,” according to the group’s Facebook event page.
For more than two hours, the group listened to speakers explain the various reasons why they support President Donald Trump.
Spokane City Councilman Mike Fagan encouraged the attendees to educate themselves on issues in our community and the country and to take action.
“We were standing on the edge of the abyss, and with the election of Trump we’ve now taken some steps back,” he told the crowd.
Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich expressed his support, saying President Trump tapped into the “spirit of America.”
Sheriff Knezovich also spoke of the strains on law enforcement.
“I had three deputies who resigned last year because they couldn’t handle it anymore, because never in the history of my industry have we actually been hunted and assassinated, and I blame Barack Obama,” he said.
And Spokane County Prosecutor Larry Haskell said he stands with the President, and spoke of the importance of the government following its own laws.
“If the government, Governor Inslee maybe, others, if the government becomes a law breaker, it breeds contempt for the law,” he said.
And Fredi Simpson, a national committee woman with the Washington State Republican Party, had a message for those on the other side of the political aisle, particularly protestors: President Trump’s supporters will not be bullied.
“We’re not afraid of you because we’re proud to be Americans,” she said.
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