BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Temperatures well below freezing didn’t stop people from standing outside Kellogg Arena to show their support for President Donald Trump.
People started lining up early in the morning ahead of his “Merry Christmas Rally” and didn’t go home once the gates closed. A big screen was set up outside the arena for people to watch the president give his remarks — which came while the House of Representatives voted to impeach him for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
It’s not often a president comes to town, and it happens even less often on the night he is being impeached.
Even Trump’s supporters who couldn’t get inside the arena felt like they were a part of the historic night.
“Well I feel like we’re making history actually,” said Lisa Noud, a supporter who stayed outside during the rally.
Others said the impeachment was a joke and that they came out specifically to support the president because of it.
Wednesday night is the second time Trump has been in West Michigan during a historic day. In 2016, his last stop as a candidate for president was in Grand Rapids.
“I don’t think it’s probably a mistake, no it’s probably deliberate,” supporter Trey Duran said. “It definitely shows Michigan’s a swing state and that he wants to win it that he’s here on this important day.”
Trump won Michigan by around 10,000 votes in 2016 and knows it will be a battleground state in the next election. Earlier Wednesday, an official from Trump’s reelection campaign said they will make more stops in Michigan in 2020.