Supporters of US President Donald Trump were holding rallies in towns and cities across the country on Monday, partly as a rebuttal to waves of anti-Trump protests that have taken place since the Republican’s election last November.
Trump was not scheduled to appear at any of this week’s rallies. The venues range from a park in the small town of Gravette, Arkansas, to the plaza outside the Georgia State Capitol building in downtown Atlanta.
In Atlanta, a crowd of about 200 mostly white supporters gathered on an overcast day.
‘I just think we need to support our president,’ said Vivian Phillips, a 60-year-old retired schoolteacher who drove more than seven hours from her West Virginia home to attend the rally in Atlanta.
Phillips held a sign reading ‘adorable deplorable from West Virginia,’ referring to comments made by Democrat Hillary Clinton during last fall’s presidential election campaign about Trump’s supporters.
Edward Ethridge, a 42-year-old Atlanta business owner agreed, saying, ‘Give Trump a chance.’