Rally held in name of making America great again

Posted at 5:58 PM, Mar 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-25 20:13:27-04

Marches in the name of making America great again took place across the nation and in Idaho Saturday.

The Gem state's Make America Great Again March was technically canceled but that didn't stop President Donald Trump supporters from every corner of the Treasure Valley to arrive with signs and American flags in hand.

"A few of us just thought we'd show up [anyway] just to have a voice for Idaho," said Teresa Carpenter, a MAGA march supporter.

Their message for the public was that we need to come together as a nation.

"With all the negativity, I think we need to unify as a country," Carpenter said. "Whether you're a Republican or Democrat, we need to stand behind our president."

She added: "We need to support our military. We need to support our veterans."

Many, at what turned out to be a rally, said there's no room for money in politics and that elected officials need to be making decisions based on what's right for all of the American people. They worry about safety for all and for the future generations to come.

They believe the quicker we unify the better.

President Trump supporters also have ideas of their own on how everyone can help make America great again. Tina Lippert said it starts with patience. The Mountain Home resident said change doesn't happen overnight.

"Try to support your president, even if you don't agree with absolutely everything he says," Lippert said. "Americans are better than that. We don't turn on each other."

Lippert points out that it's not the first time in U.S. history that deep divides have emerged. She believes that one day, when we move past the bitter disagreements, Americans will only become that much stronger as one.

Overall, she said it was a chance for their voices to be heard.

"We're not invisible, we exist, we're here," Lippert said. "So, not everybody is against us."

The informal rally in Boise Saturday was just a precursor to a larger march in support of President Trump. A date for the event that will be held at the state Capitol will be announced at a later time.