Illinois Supporter Plans "March 4 Trump"

Mar 2, 2017

There have been numerous rallies since the election in November.  Most have been protests of the new administration.  Saturday in Springfield, a March 4 Trump event will bring together supporters of the new president.  

Jessica Wetherholt of Louisville, Illinois is a co-organizer.  She says gatherings are planned in 44 states. The Springfield rally is the lone one in Illinois.  

"We understand (Donald Trump) may not be everyone's choice, but he is our president and we need to stand behind him and show our support," she said.  "If we are against our president, it puts us against ourselves and America."

Wetherholt is a small business owner.  She adds that Trump's business background is what attracted her to his campaign.  She admits she was not always closely following politics, but that has changed in the recent years as she has tried to find her spot on the political spectrum.

"I know I have a lot of things that align with the Republicans definitely. But I have a lot of other things that I am passionate about that might be considered more liberal, like when it comes to the environment and factory farming."  

"I see both sides and try to keep an open mind and understand why people have the viewpoints they do," she said. 

As for the rally, Wetherholt said they want to show support because of all the negativity that has gotten attention.  

"Of all the protests and marches...I don't feel like I belong to any of those. So I wanted to do something I felt like, I want to unite people, I can stand behind that," she said.  "I just wanted to quit being a Facebook politician and read a post online. Take action and get out there and do something." 

The Springfield rally begins at 11 a.m. Saturday at the State Capitol and will feature various speakers.  

A separate event called the Community Involvement Fair is also tomorrow.  It will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Laurel United Methodist Church, on South Grand Ave. West.  It involves many organizations that have been critical of the Trump Administration.