Southwest Florida residents travel to D.C. in support of Trump

Reporter: Rachel Cox-Rosen Writer: Melissa Montoya
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One-hundred Southwest Florida residents are embarking on an overnight bus ride to Washington D.C. to rally in support of President Trump. (CREDIT: WINK News)

It looked and sounded like a Trump rally across from Oakes Farm Seed to Table Market in Collier County on Tuesday morning.

That’s because about 100 Southwest Florida residents gathered there for a trip to Washington, D.C. to rally for President Donald Trump and his efforts to stay in the White House.

The self-proclaimed “patriots” want their voices heard.

They are joining other Trump supporters from across the country converging in the nation’s capital to rally for a Trump win during Wednesday’s congressional joint session to reaffirm President-elect Joe Biden’s win.

“We’re going to DC to support President Trump,” said Drew-Montez Clark, an organizer. “Ultimately, I think if we don’t have a fair election process then this country is lost.”

Clark, a Naples chiropractor, ran for Florida’s House District 80 race but lost in the primaries.

“As a patriot, I have a duty to this country to stand up and speak when I think things are wrong and this is just a representation of 100 patriots from Southwest Florida who are coming up to DC to answer the call of our president to ensure that happens,” Clark said.

Steven Lucas,  a Collier County resident, said he is going to D.C. to “save America” and defend it against a disputed election.

Trump has not conceded the race, most recently pressuring Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to find votes in Trump’s favor.

No proof of election fraud has been found that has been able to overturn the result in Trump’s favor.

But to Lucas, “it’s a cheated election.”

“There’s no question about it,” he said.

Gerald Peterson, also of Collier County, said he is traveling to D.C. because he is concerned “about the integrity of our election.”

“I feel like I’m just a pawn in the game and I feel like there’s not a lot I can do so I figured if I can go and just be one more body showing that I am trying to support what’s right,” Peterson said. “That’s really what I’m there for.”

Chris Quackenbush said she wants Southwest Florida legislators “to stop the steal.”

“I’m tired of them just sitting there and waiting for something to happen they’ve got to make it happen they’ve got to save our country,” Quackenbush said.


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