Since President Donald Trump’s campaign and election, America has repeatedly witnessed vitriolic protests and riots.
In June 2016, leftist agitators in San Jose, California, threw eggs and water balloons at Trump supporters, stealing and burning their “Make America Great Again” hats.
And after Trump’s election victory in November, rioters in Portland, Oregon, smashed windows and pelted police officers with objects.
By Inauguration Day, anti-Trump protesters in Washington, D.C., had lit a limousine ablaze and struck cops with rocks and bottles.
But now there’s a new, peace-loving, Trump-backing crowd in town – make that in nearly 60 towns across America.
It’s a patriotic crowd that describes itself as “the heart and soul of America.”
And this crowd is pushing back with a series of Spirit of America rallies scheduled for Feb. 27 and March 4.
The rallies “are inclusive, non-partisan, and open to anyone supporting President Trump in his efforts to bring back manufacturing jobs to America, put the security of our nation ahead of political correctness, improve our infrastructure, revitalize the inner cities and secure our nation’s borders,” according to rally organizer Debbie Dooley, a national co-founder of the tea-party movement.
The pro-Trump rallies, Dooley said, are meant to be a peaceful show of force from the “silent majority” that propelled the real-estate billionaire to the White House.
“President Trump’s America First policies will grow our economy, create high-paying jobs and strengthen our national security,” said Louisiana coordinator Rob Maness in a press release. “While we see a well-funded effort on the left bent on destroying anything that would strengthen our country, we will come together as a true, organic grassroots movement in support of the president.”
Barbara Hemingway, a host of a March 4 rally in Sarasota, Florida, told WND the upcoming event is meant to counter the recent anti-Trump rhetoric and protests.
“We are also showing our support for President Trump because we are very happy that he is keeping his promises to the American people, especially to keep America safe and put America first in his policy decisions,” Hemingway said. “We want him to know that we appreciate his hard work.
“We believe that our support of America and of our president, Donald J. Trump, can prove to be a driving force to drown out the ‘protesters’ and anti-everything people. … We are thrilled that he is continuing his message and striving to make good on all of his campaign promises, and we will continue to support him in his efforts.”
Hemingway said the rallies are made up of “good, hard-working Americans letting the liberals know that we are not going to take their hateful, left-wing radical approach to destroying our country anymore.”
She continued, “This is not about left or right. This is about right and wrong. Enough is enough! Our voices will be heard in a peaceful approach, and we will continue to let others know that we are proud of our president and of our country.”
Betty Blanco, a coordinator for Colorado’s rally in Denver, said, “Trump outlined his policies in his ‘Contract with the American Voter’ as found on the Internet, and we intend to hold him accountable to that contract. So far, he has done pretty much what he said he would do.”
WND also spoke with Washington, D.C., rally coordinator Rob Sherwood, who is hosting a rally in President Trump’s backyard, directly across the street from the White House.
But there’s one problem: The Spirit of America D.C. rally is in need of funds to ensure its crowd of patriots can blast their powerful message of support straight to the president himself.
“Together with the other event organizers around the country, the organizers of the Washington, D.C., Spirit of America rally want to put on a first-class event,” Sherwood said. “To do that, we’ll need stage and sound equipment to be delivered and installed at the rally location. We’ve started a GoFundMe to cover the cost of these essentials.”
Sherwood’s GoFundMe account had raised just more than $2,000 of the $5,000 goal at the time of this report.
He expressed gratitude for the big-hearted financial support the rally has seen from Americans across the country.
“We’ve been amazed and humbled by the outpouring of generosity we’ve experienced from passionate conservatives around the country who have donated to help make the D.C. rally a great occasion,” Sherwood said.
The following is a list of at least 59 rallies planned for Feb. 27 and March 3 and 4:
Birmingham: March 4 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Hoover Tactical Firearms, 1561 Montgomery Highway, Birmingham
Phoenix: March 4 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Arizona state capitol building, 1700 W. Washington Street
Santa Monica: March 4 at 11 a.m.
For more information, contact California organizers Emma Emz and Harim Uziel at the Spirit of America California Facebook page.
Denver: Feb. 27 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. on west steps of Capitol building at 200 E. Colfax Ave.
Dover: March 4 at 10:30 a.m. at Dover Legislative Mall, Legislative Avenue.
For more information, contact Delaware organizer Alden Tonkay.
Stuart: Feb. 27 at 12 p.m. at Stuart Memorial Park, 300 SE Ocean Blvd. Contact Cynthia Lucas.
Atlanta: Feb. 27 at 12 p.m. at Liberty Plaza Georgia Capitol on Capitol Avenue.
For more information, visit the Spirit of America Hawaii Facebook page.
Idaho Falls: March 4 at 12 p.m., location to be announced. Contact Andi Elliot.
Woodstock: March 4 at 12 p.m. at Woodstock Square, 205 W. Todd Ave.
For more information, contact Illinois organizer Teresa Kopec.
For more information, contact Indiana organizer Emery McClendon.
Council Bluffs: March 4 at 10 a.m. at 16th Street and W. Broadway. Contact Jeff.
For more information, contact Iowa organizer Tammy Kobza.
Overland Park: March 4 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 110th and Lamar, next to the Overland Park Convention Center.
For more information, contact organizer Cheryl Degler or visit the Spirit of America by Mainstreet Patriots Facebook page.
For more information, contact Louisiana organizer Rob Maness.
Lansing: March 4 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Michigan State Capitol, east steps, 100 N. Capitol Ave. Contact Tami Schwartz.
Scottsbluff: Feb. 27 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Scottsbluff McDonald’s, 419 W. 27th St. Contact Ruth Ku.
For more information, contact New Jersey organizer Barb Gonzalez.
For more information, visit the Spirit of America New Mexico Facebook page.
Hauppauge: March 4 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the H. Lee Dennison Building, 100 Veterans Highway.
For more information, contact New York organizer Judy Pepenella.
For more information, visit the Spirit of America Raleigh Facebook page.
Bridgeport: March 4 at 2:30 p.m. at corner of Lincoln Avenue and Main Street. Contact Bob Connors.
Cincinnati: March 4, time and location to be announced. Contact Alysha Johnson.
Springfield: March 4 at 2 p.m. at State Route 41 and N. Bechtle Avenue. Contact Laura Rosenberger.
Jackson: March 4 at 1 p.m. at Jackson County Court House, 295 Broadway St.
Ontario: March 4 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at W. 4th St & Lexington-Springmill Rd. Contact Bonnie Oleksa.
Marietta: March 4, time and location to be announced. Contact Glenn Newman.
For more information, contact Ohio organizer Ralph King.
For more information, visit the Spirit of America Oklahoma Facebook page.
Greensburg: March 4 at 12 p.m. at Westmoreland County Courthouse Courtyard, 2 N Main St. Contact Tricia Cunningham.
Conway: Feb. 27 at 12 p.m. at 2431 E. Hwy 501. Contact Joe Dugan.
Columbia: Feb. 27 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at South Carolina Statehouse, 1100 Gervais St. Contact Allen Olson.
For more information, contact South Carolina organizer Joe Dugan.
Nashville: March 4 at 11 a.m. at Legislative Plaza, 301 6th Ave. N
Abingdon: Feb. 27 at 12 p.m. at 323 W. Main St. Contact Ronald Wilcox.
For more information, contact Washington, D.C., organizer Ansen Hatcher.
Bellingham: Feb. 27 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bellingham City Hall. Contact Eric Bostrom.
Hudson: March 4 at 1 p.m. at Hudson House Grand Hotel, 615 Crestview Dr. Contact Dianne Kiel.