In early March, Trump supporters across the country gathered in support of President Donald J. Trump. Advocates came together for March 4 Trump in response to multiple protests and demonstrations since the president took office. As it has for other nationwide demonstrations, Indianapolis joined in on the march.
While past demonstrations were intended to show disagreement with Trump’s policies, this march was designed to show support for the administration.
According to the event webpage:
"President Trump has thankfully set a new course, and no matter your race, creed, color, gender, orientation, age, or anything else traitors exploit to divide, We The People are one. Come show your support for him, each other, and our country right in the heart of our capital."
Patty Collins took over organizing the event in Indianapolis just a few days before it was set to take place. Due to the late start in organizing, the crowd was expected to be smaller than past protests, but Collins and others still wanted to come together to show their support for the march in Indianapolis.
“We’re here to support Trump and just show our pride in America,” Collins said.
Carrying the Indiana state flag, the American flag, and various signs showing support for the president and vice president, the group stood at Monument Circle. Though some passing drivers yelled at them, there was no organized opposition to the gathering. Multiple police cars were parked around the circle to ensure the peace.
According to the event page on Facebook, around 70 people came to Monument Circle to show their support. After the demonstration, the group marched to the statehouse.
Greg Witted came to show support for President Trump and to show his stance as a Hoosier.
“[Indiana] is the crossroads of America and so this is where the grassroots, those people who really believe in the American way and the Constitution, we need to stand up and we need to let the rest of the nation know, here in the grassroots, the crossroads, this is where we stand,” Witted said.
Witted believes that past demonstrations have come off as “whiny.”
“We didn’t do this when we had a president we didn’t like. We didn’t trash the streets and destroy things, we just went about our business,” Witted said. “And now we have a president that we support and we believe in and we think he’s doing good. They need to back off. They are the problem in my opinion.”
Witted also mentioned that, despite the debate over Trump winning the popular vote, he feels it’s important to remember that Trump won “overwhelmingly” with the “core of America.”
Trump did win the electoral vote, but not the popular vote. Hillary Clinton won 88 percent of black America and 65 percent with hispanic America. Trump won with white America, taking 58 percent of their vote.
“Those people need to stand up and let it be known ‘Hey you have a voice but so do we’ and that’s why I’m here today,” Witted said.
Despite issues with violence between Trump supporters and the opposition at other demonstrations around the nation, Indianapolis remained peaceful.
Though some people did post online to mock the crowd’s small size. Overall, the event was quiet, with no arrests made.
“I believe our country needs the support, our president needs the support,” Witted said. “We may not always like what he does, but he’s still the president. So, we need to support him.”