In Redding, hundreds turned out for a rally supporting President Trump and his efforts to build a border wall Saturday.
More than 200 people stood on the sidewalk in front of the Holiday Inn on Hilltop Drive holding signs in support of the president.
“I'm here today to support the president of the United States in his effort to build the wall,” supporter James Crupi said. “I believe we need a wall.”
A sentiment shared by many, if not all in attendance.
“We believe in what President Trump is doing and we want him to know that we are behind him 100 percent,” rally goer Pat Sukosky said.
Cars honked as they passed by, showing their support which didn't surprise rally goers.
“The majority of Americans want this,” Crupi said. “It's clear. The media, no offense has kind of portrayed a different picture. And I think this town supports this very much.”
Terry Rapoza and his wife Sally Rapoza organized the rally.
Rapoza, who is Hispanic says he isn't anti-immigration, he's just anti-illegal immigration.
“What is so hard to understand about illegal alien?” Rapoza said. “Why is that hard to understand? The work illegal is in there.”
The rally comes as the government shutdown enters its fifth week.
“I know a lot of people that work for the government,” Sukosky said. “And they don't mind being off because of the cause.
And many stand behind the president sticking to his guns on the issue.
“He's not caving in to the pressure,” CRUPI said. “John Kasich would have caved. Ted Cruz probably would have caved. Any other republican candidate on that stage in 2016 would have caved by now.”
Rapoza says his rally is not about inciting hate.
It's about being heard and making sure people are protected.
“The whole thing is we want our voices heard,” he said. “We want our borders protected. And we want to make sure that our children and our grandchildren have the same country that we had growing up.”
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