Saturday, over 100 members of the Portage and Summit County Tea Parties staged a joint “sign-wave” rally in support of President Donald Trump and the proposed border wall between Mexico and the US.
The fight and legislative impasse has led to the current, and ongoing, government shutdown. As of yesterday, it is the longest shutdown in American history, surpassing the previous record of 21 days during the Clinton Administration.
The group waved signs to passing motorists from a pedestrian overpass in Cuyahoga Falls. Despite the below freezing weather, the group remained there for more than two hours. In a press release, Portage County Tea Party Executive Director Tom Zawistowski noted that “the cars blowing horns in support was deafening at times and clearly a large percentage of Americans understand the importance of building the wall.”
While they were confronted by a group of progressives, challenging their rally, the two groups engaged in:
intelligent discussion about important issues that affect all of us. To their surprise, they found that there was no hate on that bridge, there was love of country, love of our fellow citizens, and love for the rule of law. There were no incidents and some minds and opinions were actually changed and important information was exchanged!
On Tuesday night, the president gave a national address stating that the wall was a matter of national security and emphasized the importance of citizen support in getting it built. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made a joint rebuttal statement, demanding the president reopen the government.
As of Saturday, negotiations have stalled and there are no present talks regarding a compromise.
Zawistowski has made it clear that his organization will continue to stage similar rallies to support President Trump, noting that “we need to let our fellow citizen know that it is OK to defend our nation’s sovereignty and the President we elected who is keeping his promises to us!”
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