About 100 people, many carrying flags and wearing various shades of Republican red, gathered outside the Trump International in Las Vegas on Thursday to rally in support of President Donald Trump and protest the impeachment inquiry currently underway in the House of Representatives.
“We want to keep America great,” said Renee Collier, who stood near the front of a metal barrier meant to keep the protesters out of the street. “We love all of the things he’s done for us.”
The rally was part of a series of national marches orchestrated by Trump’s campaign this week.
Some cars passing by the somewhat busy street honked their horns in support. One driver expressed his displeasure at the event by directing a particular finger at the marchers. It was not his thumb.
“Nevadans are tired of the games in Congress,” Nevada GOP Chairman Michael McDonald said. “They want the members of Congress to get back to work for the people.”
McDonald said Nevada will play a pivotal role in both fighting impeachment and re-electing the president, who “knows he can win here” in 2020 through grassroots efforts.
“The eyes of the world are always on Las Vegas,” McDonald said. “These people took time off from work. They’re retired. They’re veterans. They aren’t being paid, but they’re out here fighting for the president.”
In a statement, Nevada Democratic Party Chair William McCurdy II said Democrats have made significant gains on the state and local levels in the last two elections and will continue to do so in 2020.
“We continue to out-register Republicans and have already recruited thousands of volunteers as we lay the foundation to win again in 2020 by hosting our most accessible and expansive caucus yet,” McCurdy said.
As of September, Democrats had nearly 70,000 more active registered voters statewide than Republicans.
At the rally, many held signs or wore shirts declaring their support for the president or attacking his perceived enemies. One sign suggested arresting House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., for treason.
“Hang ‘em twice to make sure he’s dead,” the sign’s holder told another attendee when complimented on the sign.
Will Bradley, a retired U.S. Army officer, said he fully supported Trump in all efforts — including the recent withdrawal of U.S. troops from northern Syria. He trained Kurdish soldiers doing three tours in Iraq, he said, and it’s Iraq that needs to defend them.
“I’m tired of seeing my fellow soldiers dead,” Bradley said. “I supported (former President Barack) Obama when he wanted to get out of Iraq. We have to get out of that whole area.”
Bradley also opposes impeachment, saying it was “purely political” and “bad for the country.”