Hundreds gather downtown for ‘March 4 Trump’ rally

A local group shows their support for President Trump with a large banner at the 'March 4 Trump' rally, Mar. 4, 2017. (KXAN Photo / Todd Bailey)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Hundreds of people gathered downtown Saturday afternoon for the ‘March 4 Trump’ rally.

The Austin rally was one of many demonstrations held across the country to show support for President Trump, the military, veterans and law enforcement. For the most part, the march was peaceful, but police say there was one arrest after counter protesters showed up.

The rally began Saturday afternoon with a prayer at Woodridge Square Park before the crowd marched to the Capitol. After the march, the crowd returned to the park and listened to a number of local guest speakers.

“I came in from Dallas because there’s nothing like this happening in DFW. People need to know that there are supporters out there,” said Trump supporter Chace Evans.

Local supporters in Austin say they braved the rain Saturday afternoon to attend the march to show that there are other viewpoints in the city.

“We are not really as represented in Austin, which is why we need to be out here to show that it’s not just the liberal, progressive agenda in Austin but we have a conservative element as well,” said Trump supporter Susan Peloquin.

People from all over Texas attended the march with a firm message that they stand behind the president’s policies and administration. “It’s about being fair, it’s about being right, we don’t have anything against immigration, it’s illegal immigration and the criminal element that is here,” said Trump supporter Bianca Garcia.

Another Trump supporter, Maria Dejesus says she only recently received citizenship four months ago. “I came here with a visa, it expired and I stayed,” Dejesus said. “The system needs to be fixed, there are a lot of good Hispanic people out there, I’m not going to sit here and say that all Hispanic people are bad, they’re not bad. They’re coming, a lot of them for good reasons, but we have to understand that America isn’t responsible to fix everyone’s problems.”

Dejesus says she didn’t first start out as a Trump supporter, but after researching more about his policies she became one. “A lot of countries have a lot of issues. It’s like he said, build a wall, protect the country and then we need a good, big wide door to allow the people to come in legally.”

In addition to the rally, supporters collected donations for homeless veterans and raised money for local law enforcement.

At one point during a speech, KXAN cameras caught a small group of counter protesters who showed up to the park. An argument between the two groups broke out and according to Austin police, one person was arrested for class C assault.

More than 40 ‘March 4 Trump’ rallies were held nationwide.

 

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