Dozens Rally for Trump in Longmont
A pro-Trump rally went on without incident Saturday afternoon in Longmont. Demonstrators gathered under clear blue skies, hoisting signs and waving at passersby in the hopes of rallying support for the president and his allies ahead of the November mid-term elections.
At its peak, roughly 45 people were spread across all four corners of the Nelson/Hover intersection, including a half-dozen employees of Noble Energy, demonstrating their opposition to Proposition 112, the statewide ballot measure that would impose a 2,500-foot setback on oil and gas wells .
The crowd was stumping for a handful of Republicans in various Colorado races, including Gary Cooper for Boulder County Commissioner ; Peter Yu for U.S. House of Representatives , District 2; and Walker Stapleton for governor. Signs for the candidates were interspersed among numerous American and “Don’t Tread on Me” flags, Trump banners, as well as one life-size cutout of the man himself.
Colorado Women for Trump and MAGA Trump -Colorado organized the event, along with a simultaneous one in Colorado Springs. A similar event in Loveland in July drew about 350 Demonstrators.
Attendees in Longmont were warned to expect “counter-protestors or hecklers,” according to a release from the Boulder County Republicans — and to greet them with “a wave and a smile ... very effective weapons against those fueled by hate and ignorance” — but none materialized
The three-hour rally was punctuated with the frequent beeps of passing car horns, though it was hard to ascertain whether the honks were of support or opposition. Easier to interpret were the numerous hand gestures on display: friendly waves, thumbs down, middle fingers up.
Demonstrators’ spirits were bolstered by the turnout.
“There’s not many groups in Boulder County” for conservatives, said photographer Mark Bolles. More than 70 percent of county voters in 2016 went for Hilary Clinton.
Bolles has found a home largely among gun-rights groups; the Boulder County Republicans is an option, but he is “not a fan of Republicans” — he’s a fan of Trump.
He was in good company. The purpose of the rally was to “energize the base” ahead of mid-terms, said organizer David Huntwork, of Windsor, and to remind locals that “it’s all right to not be a Democrat in Boulder County.”
Huntwork has been pleased with Trump thus far, particular his strong stance on immigration. “Mere rhetoric” has worked to discourage further in-migration, he said. As to possible improvements, Huntwork wished the president could be more diplomatic in some of his dealings.
“He’s not a perfect man, but he’s the perfect man for the time.”
Trump’s Supreme Court picks were also a topic of conversation among those gathered, including current nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Huntwork and others seemed unperturbed by the allegation of sexual assault against the judge and confident that he would be confirmed.
“The Democrats always pull something,” said Boulderite Penny Gage. “It’s in their playbook.”
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