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Conservatives rally in downtown Raleigh in support of Donald Trump

Posted March 4, 2017 7:43 a.m. EST
Updated March 4, 2017 6:58 p.m. EST

— Hundreds gathered Saturday afternoon in Downtown Raleigh at a rally for President Donald Trump. They said they are defending the president from what they see as relentless scorn.

The event had the feel of a campaign rally, complete with protesters.

Today's rally featured several speakers, including leaders of the North Carolina Republican Party.

The four-hour rally, described as a grassroots event, went off peacefully.

“He needs support because they are attaching him from everywhere — attacks, attacks, attacks,” Dahlia Glover said.

The rally took place in Halifax Mall at the North Carolina State Legislative Building. In an announcement about the rally, the NCGOP encouraged people to wear red and bring homemade posters to show their support for the president.

“I think a lot of people just need to humble themselves and be educated. Donald Trump is bringing so much Grace to the table,” Apostle Wiggins said.

Protesters stood behind the rally and blew horns to distract the crowd and speakers.

“I mean, he’s fighting against the media. He’s fighting against immigrants, he’s singling out people,” Marcia Everette said.

“I will resist. He may be the president of this country. He’s not my president. I don’t see him as my president,” Mike Gould.

From Colorado's state Capitol to Trump Tower in New York and the Washington Monument, groups of hundreds of people rallied for President Trump on Saturday, waving "Deplorables for Trump" signs and even carrying a life-size cutout of the president.

The March 4 Trump demonstrations were planned around the country, and supporters clashed with generally smaller groups of counter protesters.

"We're gonna take our country back and we're gonna establish borders and have legal immigration and law and order," said Cherie Francis, of Cary. "And if you're against all that, then you should be afraid. Cause we're going to take the country in the direction it should be going, instead of the direction it has been going for at least the last 16 years."

Republicans from state and local government spoke at the Raleigh rally.

State senator Ron Rabin, R-Harnett, spoke to the crowd, denouncing critics of the president.

He also said Democrats in Congress who resist the president are inciting people to rebellion.

“He is the president, and he deserves the honor and respect of the office,” Senator Ron Rabin said.

“By their action or resistance, they are committing seditious acts, and guess what follows that? If that’s not high crimes and misdemeanors, I don’t know what is,” Rabin said.