Mesa County Deplorables to rally today

A rally for presidential candidate Donald Trump at noon today will feature a speech by Mark Warren Hays, a retired U.S. Army Colonel.

The rally will be at the Ash Gazebo at Lincoln Park.

Matt Patterson, an organizer with Mesa County Deplorables, the group sponsoring the event, said Col. Hays, who is traveling from Utah to attend the event, will be discussing a number of national security issues the U.S. is facing.

“We want to re-focus on what’s really at stake here. Someone is going to be in charge of national security,” Patterson said of our country’s next president.

Patterson said the event will be different from a rally held on Thursday, in which Trump supporters rallied with signs in Grand Junction.

Attendees today should be able to engage in a discussion about national security with each other and Col. Hays, Patterson said.

Patterson said following the roughly one-hour event, he will send people down to the Republican Party headquarters to volunteer and help people get registered to vote, or make phone calls.

“We’re going to send them people and hope they have something for them to do, because we’re all working for the same thing,” he said. “We want to make sure people take that passion with them.”

Col. Hays began his career in the 82nd Airborne Division and he continued to serve as a combat veteran of the first Gulf War and Director of Operations at North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, Patterson said.

Patterson said Col. Hays will be speaking about national security issues such as the Islamic State and cyber terrorism.


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Great name for this group, the “Mesa County Deplorables”! I hope they are out there with more misspelled signs today. We need the laughs.

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