Video editing by Ethan Paggi
On Sunday, November 1, there were the usual trucks adorned with Trump flags, several Harleys, and more than 100 Trump fans of all ages who gathered along the Highway 198 shoulder in front of the Village Shopping Center. The occasion was to stage a rally in Three Rivers to demonstrate local solidarity with the Republican candidate on the eve of what would surely be one of the most historic elections in U.S. history.
The mood was festive as attendees had come out to get the victory party started early in what they hoped would be the reelection of President Donald Trump. In circulating among the crowd, there were some obvious things these Trump supporters shared: (1) Trump is the best candidate because he is a businessman and not a politician; (2) Trump’s vision of freedom is more aligned with their own and that does not include the wearing of facial coverings; (3) the media and Democrats have exaggerated the seriousness of the pandemic and the health risk; (4) Trump has done an excellent job with foreign policy and reigning in the economic threat posed by China; and (5) Trump believes in the “right to life,” and abortion should be illegal.
Among Three Rivers voters the results vary little from election to election. In 2012, Barack Obama won Three Rivers by a single vote. In 2016, Trump’s margin of victory was in single digits. In 2020, expect more of the same.
In this 3R News video, six Three Rivers residents speak out as to why they support Trump.