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Tri-Valley 'Trump Truck' Rally Draws Hundreds Of Cars

Patch logo Patch 9/22/2020 Courtney Teague
a car driving on a city street: A rally was held Saturday in support of President Donald Trump, who is running for re-election against former Vice President Joe Biden. © Courtesy of Roberta Gonzales A rally was held Saturday in support of President Donald Trump, who is running for re-election against former Vice President Joe Biden.

TRI-VALLEY, CA — East Bay supporters of President Donald Trump turned out in force for the Tri-Valley Trump Truck Rally this weekend.

Participants estimated more than 400 trucks and about 1,000 supporters were in attendance Saturday.

The event was largely attended by residents of Tri-Valley and Alameda County, with some supporters coming from Contra Costa County and San Francisco, said Hugh Bussell, who chairs the Alameda County Republican Party. A woman from the "Latinos for Trump" group flew all the way from Dallas, Texas to rally in support of Trump.

"It just reconfirmed what I knew," Bussell said. "There's a lot of people who are very supportive of Trump."

And they're eager to see change in blue California, he said.

The procession began at Stoneridge Shopping Center, circled up through Danville, then down to Livermore and into Pleasanton, said Roberta Gonzales, who was hired by organizers to document the rally.

Though Gonzales said she was grateful for the opportunity, she said she did not necessarily support the political platform. She said she was pleased to see the event was a peaceful one attended by many younger supporters in the 18- to 24-year-old range.

"It's driving out the millennials," she said.

Organizers worked with local police departments to pull off the event. Bussell said he was grateful to have their support, especially since participants were initially met with some opposition.

Some people sped through Stoneridge Shopping Center, driving recklessly, flipping off Trump supporters and shouting obscenities. A handful of protesters gathered across the street.

"That's what makes this country great," Bussell said. "We can express our opinions in a peaceful way."

The rally served to remind supporters that there are many others who share their values — even in California, where "there's a huge wind against any Republican" and it's difficult to drum up excitement about changes that Republicans seek to make, Bussell said.

As of July 3, about six in 10 Alameda County voters were Democrats, while one in 10 were Republicans.

He said he also contributes a lack of excitement to the fact that members of the media are more likely to identify as Democrats than Republicans. A 2013 study of journalists found that half of those surveyed identified as nonpartisan, while 28 percent were Democrats, seven percent were Republicans and 15 percent fell into another partisan category.

"We need to work together to make change and make a better life for everyone," Bussell said.

A second Trump truck rally is planned for Oct. 24. Supporters will again meet at Stoneridge Shopping Center. RSVP and get more details here.

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