Over 1,000 people showed up at the Ronald Reagan Sports Park in Temecula for a Trump rally Saturday, Oct. 10.
Trucks lined the streets waiting to drive into the sports park, all sporting large Trump signs they had attached to the back and front of their vehicles. The rally was put on by Menifee and Wildomar locals Nathan Lutu and Aaron Genty.
“For me, I was tired of seeing all the BLM and all the rioting and looting going on and people thinking that side of America was starting to rise up and show their colors, so we decided to show our colors,” Genty said.
They created a Facebook page for the rally that went viral.
“After a while, share after share…it was over 1,100 people that were either interested or going,” Genty said.
Lutu said that he felt they needed a Trump rally in this area.
“I hadn’t seen one down here and I know there’s a ton of Trump supporters,” Lutu said. “I think ultimately we want to unify the quiet majority. We’re all in it together, we all want to support each other, local businesses. We just wanted to start a little thing and it became a really big thing.”
They said they wanted the rally to get the community together.
“What the man stands for and the integrity in the man after everybody bashed him his entire presidency,” Lutu said. “He stands for us. We have a face. We’ve been quiet, but now we have a face and he stands up for us, so it’s like what isn’t there to love about him?”
Coffey Anderson, country music artist, played the national anthem and his hit song, “Mr. Red, White and Blue” at the rally.
“I was actually working in the studio and a friend of mine, she knew the people that put this on,” Anderson said.
She had asked if he’d be attending the rally, he said.
“I said when and where?” Anderson said. “So literally we flagged up, got in the line – and then I said, ‘Who’s doing the anthem? Who’s doing the pledge?’”
They didn’t have anyone, so Anderson said he grabbed his sound system and went to the rally.
“It was banned on Tik Tok for about a week,” Anderson said of his song, “Mr. Red, White and Blue.”
“They took the ban off – we kind of hit them hard with this isn’t hate speech. It’s called patriotism – they released the ban on the song, and it went straight up to No. 9 on the country charts without a record label.”
Anderson said he loves how Trump loves the country.
“No matter what room he’s in with other countries or the meetings and the super powers, he keeps us in line,” Anderson said. “You have to have someone that’s willing to go to bat for you. I feel like he does that.”
Menifee and Lake Elsinore locals Bryan Myers and Eric Johnson came out to the rally to show support for a president that supports them.
“He doesn’t lie; he tells the truth,” Johnson said. “When he says he’s going to do something, he does it.”
“For me, a lot of things he’s done for the military and the veterans of this nation and just like he said, he doesn’t lie – he says some dumb stuff, yeah, but for the most part he’s pretty much done what he said,” Myers said.
“He’s not bought,” he said. “That’s one thing I was drawn to at first, with the first election. He’s not in anybody’s pockets so he doesn’t have any actual drive to appease other people. He didn’t get paid to get into office to turn around and now I have to get these things accomplished for these people who paid for my campaign.”
Myers said he hopes that both sides play fair when it comes to Election Day.
“I hope that everybody’s honest and true when they actually come down to the election,” Myers said. “If Biden wins, we have to deal with what happens there – but I’m hoping that Trump wins and we can continue the great work that he’s been doing.”
Murrieta local Ben Hillegeist is a small-business owner who came out to the rally in support.
“I think this (the rally) speaks volumes,” Hillegeist said. “The silent majority; we don’t have to loot stores and make a bunch of chaos. You don’t see people screaming, you don’t see people cussing and I think it’s about quality, not quantity.”
“The thing is, people don’t realize how much power you really have,” Anderson said. “You just gotta speak out and do it.”
Lexington Howe can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.