President Trump’s Supporters Brave The Cold, Rally in Battle Creek
In the midst of the impeachment vote in Washington, D.C., President Trump is spending the evening right here in Michigan for a Merry Christmas rally in Battle Creek.
It’s the first time the president has rallied in Michigan since his visit to Grand Rapids in March.
Vice President Mike Pence will join him after a trip to Saginaw earlier on Wednesday.
9&10’s Eric Lloyd is at the rally right now, less than 2 hours before it starts. He says for now, it’s quiet inside the Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek, but supporters are starting to file in.
Many supporters say they’re excited to hear from the president but are probably more excited to get inside after waiting out in the freezing temperatures for hours.
The first ones in line have been there since Tuesday afternoon. And by noon Wednesday, the bottom floor of the parking arena was full and the line wrapped around.
Expectations for the speeches vary.
Saundra Kiczenski, a supporter from Sault Ste. Marie, says this is the 31st Trump rally she has attended. She says each has been a little different due to the events going on at that time, and she is very excited to see what he has to say about the impeachment vote.
Another supporter said he has been to 60 rallies.
National Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany says Michigan and these rallies are crucial to 2020.
“It’s very important, that’s why we’re here,” she says. “He was here in Grand Rapids not too long ago, he will be back in the state of Michigan. It’s very important to our calculus, especially since the president has so many accomplishments to share if you want to had promises now he has deliverables.”
But anti-Trump protester Gavin Powell says the president is just looking for a safe place on a bad day.
“He’s scared he’s worried about this impeachment vote, so he needs to have a rally, he needs to be surrounded by his supporters, he needs to feel good,” Powell says.
The president is expected to took the stage at 7 p.m. View that report here.