A group of Republican activists are organizing a rally in support of President Donald Trump on Saturday in Algonquin.
Members of Freedom Movement USA, a political action committee, and the Will County Young Republicans are helping to organize this rally and another in Joliet in the wake of the U.S. House's vote to impeach the 45th president. The Joliet rally is scheduled for Jan. 11.
The Algonquin rally will be from 10 a.m. to noon at 1500 S. Randall Road, just over the border in a portion of Algonquin that is in Kane County.
Brandon Harris, chairman at Freedom Movement USA, said his group is helping to organize rallies in areas of the state with Democratic sway. He said the goal is to set up 52 rallies in the state.
“We’re aiming at young people and that’s where everyone needs to work toward is youth,” Harris said. "The Republican Party has struggled with that metric, and I think we've found a way to deal with that demographic."
The event also is hosted by Joseph Ptak of Island Lake, who said he was inspired – after attending a pro-Trump rally in Frankfort last month – to organize his own rally farther north.
Since posting about the rally on LinkedIn on Dec. 22, Ptak said the message has received 6,300 likes and more than 620,000 views.
Ptak said a number of GOP candidates running for the 14th Congressional District indicated that they would attend, including state Rep. Jim Oberweis, R-Sugar Grove; Kendall County Republicans Chairman James Marter; and Catalina Lauf of Woodstock. Additional Republican Senate and House candidates also expressed interest in the rally, Ptak said.
The following Tuesday, Ptak said a group of about 150 activists will travel to Washington, D.C., show the U.S. Congress that they stand in support of President Trump and against the impeachment efforts against him.
“It’s a travesty,” Ptak said.
Activists also have planned other rallies throughout the Midwest in the coming weeks, including one in Temperance, Michigan, on Jan. 9 and one in Martinsville, Indiana, on Jan. 10.
Last month, the U.S. House of Representatives voted – nearly down party lines – in favor of two articles of impeachment against Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. He becomes the third president in U.S. history to be impeached by the House after Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton.
The process now goes to the U.S. Senate, the members of which may vote to convict or acquit the president. Conviction, which requires a two-thirds super-majority from the Senate, would result in the president's removal from office.
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