Rally both for Trump, against Clinton
'Deplorables' gather outside her GJ office
About 100 supporters of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump waved signs on First Street on Thursday and chanted, “Lock her up!” in front of Democratic campaign headquarters.
The “Mesa County Deplorables,” as they dubbed themselves, took aim at Hillary Clinton, the Democrat nominee, with signs, a Clinton doll hanging in effigy and undisguised frustration with both political parties.
“We’re deplorable, she’s despicable,” said Darleen Gsell, referring to Clinton’s comment that half of Trump supporters belonged in a “basket of deplorables.”
The “Deplorables,” led by Matt Patterson, who was to head up the Trump campaign in Mesa County for the national Republican Party, said local officials discouraged the “Women for Trump” rally on Thursday.
Still, the rally turnout was about half women and half men.
“I’m tired of the corruption and the cover-up,” said Tina Peters, who waved a Trump sign at passersby on First Street near Two Rivers Convention Center while tending to her 5-year-old granddaughter, Taylor Pickel, who “wanted to come.”
Clinton supports open borders, allowing in illegal drugs, and threatening women and children, Peters claimed.
Clinton drove her from the Democratic Party, said Bobbye Horton, who said she counts for two seemingly unlikely constituencies, “Hispanic and a woman.”
“America is falling apart,” Horton said.
Clinton’s response to the death of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, destroyed the last of her confidence, Horton said.
“After that, I lost total respect for her.”
Trump, said Nancy Channell, is far more likely to support the small-government philosophies she favors.
The federal government ought not be involved in health care or other systems, Channell said.
“I want a smaller, more concise federal government,” she said. Clinton, “I don’t think has the best interests of this country at heart.”
Evelyn Harding and her daughter, Barbara Fisher, who had the Clinton doll hanging in effigy, said they feared the possibility that Clinton would allow ISIS fighters into the United States, endangering Americans.
Clinton has been involved in the federal government for 30 years and has accomplished little, Fisher claimed.
“She has no concept of what it’s like to be in poor neighborhoods,” Fisher said.
Roxanne Bristow said she too was frustrated with Clinton and President Barack Obama and their lack of action to aid people suffering from illnesses related to radiation exposure.
“It’s been eight years and Obama hasn’t done anything for us,” even as the families of uranium workers suffer from the effects of exposure, Bristow said, adding that she had no reason to think Clinton would improve matters.
Local Democratic officials didn’t return calls seeking comment on the Thursday rally outside of their offices.