Trump supporters rally in Atlanta: ‘Four more years!’

Trump supporters gather in Atlanta to rally for the president. Bob Andres/AJC.

Trump supporters gather in Atlanta to rally for the president. Bob Andres/AJC.

Pushing back against the explosive protests targeting Donald Trump’s administration, supporters of the president launched a wave of counter-demonstrations showing the Republican their support.

One of the largest yet was staged on Monday outside the Georgia statehouse, where more than 250 people gathered for the “Spirit of America” rally to wave Trump campaign signs and patriotic flags and listen to more than a dozen speakers praise his policies.

They burst into chants of “four more years.” They sang “God Bless America” – twice. And they heard from a barrage of candidates who hope to tap into the president’s popularity among frustrated voters as they seek to run for higher office.

“These folks think they know what’s best for us. They think they’re the masters of the universe,” said state Sen. Josh McKoon, a Columbus Republican with an eye on a statewide bid. “But in America, the people still get a say. The revolution, the earthquake on Nov. 8 is just the first step.”

The events were organized by Georgia tea party guru Debbie Dooley, who also orchestrated a rally held on Saturday at the Okefenokee Fairgrounds in southeast Georgia. Her group is planning about 72 of the rallies around the nation, and she told the crowd that four will even be held in deep-blue California.

“How about Hollywood?” shouted one participant.

“Probably not,” Dooley laughed.

Katie Price trekked from Marietta to show her support for Trump, in part out of frustration with the media attention on the protests. Critics of Trump’s policies have marched in the streets of the state’s biggest cities – including 60,000 in Atlanta the day after Trump’s inauguration – sent a barrage of phone calls to GOP lawmakers and held a spate of town halls targeting Trump and his supporters.

“The Democrats are digging their heels in,” said Price, “and it’s childish.”

Abu Zahed of Doraville shouldered a billowing Trump flag, telling everyone he could why he supported the president.

“The anti-Trump protesters are crazy,” he said. “All he wants is to get us jobs and fight terrorism. How can you disagree with that?”

Standing next to them was Linda Shrake, who predicted the anti-Trump protests will disappear as the president starts to live up to his campaign promises.

“I really believe the future is positive and we should hold out hope,” said Shrake, who lives in Roswell. “The best is yet to come. And President Trump will continue to lead.”

The event was headlined by a number of early supporters of the president, who won Georgia’s March primary despite tepid support from many leading GOP officials.

Public Service Commissioner Bubba McDonald, the first statewide official to endorse Trump, was on hand. So was state Sen. Michael Williams, one of the first elected officials in the state to back his candidacy.

Bruce LeVell, who headed Trump’s diversity coalition and is now running for Congress, surveyed the crowd and then asked a question: Who supported Trump from the beginning? Just about every hand shot up.

On the outer rim of the rally, a handful of Trump critics patrolled, some with signs criticizing the president. Chris Moser of Lithonia held one placard declaring Trump a “fascist thug.”

“The people who are against the authoritarian, right-wing and unpatriotic Trump regime need to be represented,” said Moser. “And those people in there” – he pointed to the gathering crowd – “need to be exposed to our view.”

Inside the rally, Trump supporters tried to recapture the energy of his insurgent, outsider-themed campaign.

“The reason Donald Trump won was that people were mad as hell, sick of policies that didn’t work,” said Atlanta executive Michael Altman, adding: “He doesn’t need this job or this office. But we need him.”

Before the rally ended, Loganville City Councilman Rey Martinez had one more plea for the crowd.

“What’s up? Como esta?” he asked. “Let’s celebrate!”

And with that, he led the crowd in a halting rendition of Kool & The Gang’s “Celebration.” As rain threatened, the Trump supporters danced with glee.

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338 comments
Marvin Griffin
Marvin Griffin

do you notice that these so called anti trump protesters don't mix it up with the southern trump supports? funny

Fareed Ansari
Fareed Ansari

This is what Russian Brain Washing looks like.

Linda Mize
Linda Mize

Wow big rally 250 people...showed in Atlanta....He want last 4 years...

Doug Parks
Doug Parks

Trump is a Russian. You want a Russian to be our President. Then you are a traitor.

James Lewis Cole
James Lewis Cole

Most of these faces at Trump support rallies, would also be happy to show up at rallies protesting interracial marriage, protesting gay marriage and then turn around and support a child molester like Bishop Long or some other fetid excuse for a human being.

Grant Knox
Grant Knox

If Josh McKoon was there, then you know this was a desperate attempt at a joke.

Alice Glover-Smith
Alice Glover-Smith

Look who in his March people just like him call it as you see it I'm just saying

Chuck Herron
Chuck Herron

The first article I've read in a long time from the AJC that I felt wasn't tainted one way or the other. Good reporting.

Priscilla Jordan
Priscilla Jordan

A picture is worth a thousand words, just look at them. You be the judge...smh

Karen Thacker Podett
Karen Thacker Podett

I don't agree with them but I agree with their right to rally. Under their president they may lose that right.

Herb Congram
Herb Congram

Mass delusion. The world has seen it many times. Yet we don't learn. When most of the people in the room are telling you you're drunk, you better lie down.

Robert Luszczyk
Robert Luszczyk

He'll make 8yrs in office! Easy!! Our country has a much brighter future now!! GO TRUMP!!

Anthony Negri
Anthony Negri

OMG did you know that during the campaign Trump ate salads with Russian Dressing.

Lee Allaben
Lee Allaben

Hell he won't even see 4. Impeach Trump.

Stacy Liggins
Stacy Liggins

The best thing for all of us who want the United States to do well is to stop commenting about the stupidity of people being quite is the best way to hit back. Remember that donald thinks bad publicity is good publicity and we ate feeding it. Let people rally around stupidity and let sane people ignore them and rally about the success of our country. Don't criticize these people pray for them. Do our marches and let our voices be heard. The best policy is stay high when they go low. The best policy is to get active in our communities and vote. Show donald supporters we are bigger then who they think we are. I will no longer respond to stupidity I will not give donald my energy. Hopefully some will understand this, stuck with those of us who see a positive future. So ignore and move forward. You guys make it a great day and don't give donald even your time, space, or energy

Jeri Henson Dies
Jeri Henson Dies

Trump is screwed. He knows that the FBI and CIA are closing in on his crimes and he thinks he can get his vipers roiled up to keep him in office. No, not gonna work.

Ingrid Manchot
Ingrid Manchot

1 presidential term is 4 years. 4 + 0 = 4. 250 people is sad. Knowing basic things is good.

Howard Smith
Howard Smith

gullibles following a con artist...funny an sad.

Ethan Robertson
Ethan Robertson

They are all duped fools looking for something that isn't there.

Tommy Turner
Tommy Turner

Ahh! The AJC comment section. Always a breeding ground for tolerance and open mindedness\U0001f602\U0001f602\U0001f602

Christopher Lee Raley
Christopher Lee Raley

My people! Looking good Georgia! Remind the trash who won! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Christopher Lee Raley
Christopher Lee Raley

Not many, but the right ones. President Donald Trump. Say it. President Donald Trump, :)

Katherine Erwin Bailey
Katherine Erwin Bailey

Cheeto boy is your president. He's an embarrassment to this country and is alienating us from the rest of the world (except Russia of course). Say it, President Putin. President Putin.

Christopher Lee Raley
Christopher Lee Raley

Sad sad snowflake. Still ascared? Good. We are all laughing at you libtards.

Katherine Erwin Bailey
Katherine Erwin Bailey

And we are laughing at how gullible you are. He won't last a full term, his entire administration has lied under oath and are in bed with Russia.

Brandi Boyle
Brandi Boyle

Oh ..... they look like a bunch of paid militants .... & probably don't have jobs!! :)

Irmgard Williams
Irmgard Williams

It's a good thing you and I do not make that decision , !!!!!

Kajah E. Wilson
Kajah E. Wilson

Are they stupid or what! We haven't even really started the first four years....!

Jeannie Casey
Jeannie Casey

And look, no body got hurt, no body started fires, no body screamed obscenities, and no body wore female organs on their heads.

Katherine Erwin Bailey
Katherine Erwin Bailey

And obviously nobody cares either \U0001f602 look at that hugely rally! \U0001f602

Jeannie Casey
Jeannie Casey

Well, Katherine Erwin Bailey, I guess non criminals don't feel the need to congregate, committing crimes, as criminals do. Personally, I don't want to be a part of either unhinged group, that is the liberals and the far right.

Pat Crawford
Pat Crawford

He's crazy as hell.., goes to Florida and turns crazier... I don't see how anyone can support such trash.... hope and pray he doesn't last a year.... someone needs to check his meds or get him off of them... he has major issues!!!

Danny Lingerfelt
Danny Lingerfelt

AJC says 250 people that means their was 2500 are more theses stupid idiot democrats are worthless Trump will be president for the next 8 years then Pence will be president for 8 years after that so all you idiot loser democrats just get use to it ARE leave the country that would be even better we don't need trash like that hear anyway!!!!

Katherine Erwin Bailey
Katherine Erwin Bailey

Written with incorrect English, it's hard to take anything you just wrote seriously.

Nancy Conger Tilton
Nancy Conger Tilton

Danny Lingerfelt, there is no need for name calling. Learn to respect others whether they agree with you or not. We are all Americans here and we all have freedom of speech. Others ideas and opinions are what makes us grow as a person.