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Area residents rally to support President Trump

Gathering draws people from Douglas County

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The day was a flurry of red, white and blue.

There were cheers, and sometimes, jeers.

Chants including "USA! USA! USA!" and "Build that wall!" at times drummed out the day's speakers.

At least 100 of President Donald Trump's supporters in Colorado turned out in Denver on Feb. 27, saying they wanted to show the president he does have support in the United States, despite protests against his administration.

The organizers said they wanted to send that message to the country as a whole, too.

"He can be crass," said Reina Kramer, of Lone Tree, "but I still support him."

Kramer, who's lived for 15 years in Douglas County and six in Jefferson County, said she attended the Spirit of America rally held on the state Capitol steps, one of many planned across the nation, to support the president for numerous reasons.

"Our country was founded on people coming to Washington as farmers and lawyers, and not career politicians," Kramer said.

She's glad to see a businessman take the Oval Office and not a career politician. She also hopes Trump will bring more jobs to the U.S.

The economy is Kramer's biggest concern. She can still recall trying to survive the recession alone - her husband died in 2006 - calling it a difficult time, although she refrained from offering specifics.

She also found the president's outspokenness on the campaign trail refreshing, and in a sense, liberating.

"He spoke what all of us were thinking but we were too politically correct to say," Kramer said. "He gave me a voice."

Ann Bronson, of Castle Rock, rallied behind Trump on many issues. She favored the pro-life candidate and supported his selection of a conservative justice for the Supreme Court. She also backs him on immigration.

"I think we should have stricter immigration law and enforce the law we have actually," she said.

Jeanne McCollum, of Castle Rock, joked she attended the rally to counteract her sister's participation in anti-Trump protests, clarifying they have a good relationship.

McCollum said she supported Trump's promises to bring jobs to America, to build a border wall, to support the Keystone Pipeline and to fully repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

She was there to support a president with whom she was in total agreement, she said, a common theme throughout the day.

"I wanted to support President Trump because of so many anti-Trump rallies," Bronson said. "I think people need to be made aware that there are people who support President Trump."

For a few hours that day, those rooting on Trump's "America First" agenda were able to proclaim their ideals in unity and, mostly, judgment-free.

Several anti-rally protesters stood a distance off from the Capitol steps across Broadway. For a few brief moments, a man approached the crowd yelling, "Stop the hate," before being booed away.

Overall, the event was uplifting, said Margo Knutson, of Franktown, the Denver coordinator for Spirit of America.

The day reminded Trump's supporters that they are not alone, she said, and sent a positive message to the White House.

"I think people probably left," Knutson said, "with some faith."

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