By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer
About 250 people gathered at a Sussex GOP-sponsored rally in support of President Donald Trump, held at North Bedford Park Georgetown, earlier today. WGMD 92.7 FM radio talk show host, Bob Steele, served as master of ceremonies. Sussex County Councilman and Delaware State Trump 2016 Campaign Chairman, Rob Arlett, officially began the rally, with Reverend Jim Dundas, leading the opening prayer.
A few silent sign carrying protesters also attended the rally.Councilman Arlett made reference to one of the signs by saying that both President Trump and the people at the rally also denounce racism and antisemitism. “No statewide GOP candidate has ever received more votes in Delaware than Donald Trump”, he stated. He said that the Democratic Party’s hold on Delaware politics is slipping and that the First State is now a purple state. We are in touch with the White House and they are listening. They know what’s happening in Delaware” he continued. He called for a strong GOP challenge to Delaware’s current congressional delegation in the 2018 election and supported his political statement with economic statistics. “Delaware’s 2016 GDP growth was only 0.3 per cent, compared with 1.5 percent, nationwide; and real income for Delawareans is actually less than in 2008. “They ought to be ashamed. They should focus on the people. It’s time for a change in Delaware”, he concluded.
Delaware State Republican Party Chairman, Micheal J. Harrington, called upon all party members to work with the newly organized TEAM GOP. “I will continue to speak out and set the record straight”, he said. GOP Sussex Chairman, Billie Caroll, stated that that the party is working towards establishing a Republican majority in Delaware and he highlighted a gain of 3000 new members. He officially credited Election District Chairperson, Lauren Purdy, with registering 1000 GOP voters in two years and thanked her for organizing the rally.
38th District State Representative, Ron Gray(R) also spoke at the rally as did prospective 2018 U.S Senate Candidate, Chuck Boyce and others.
Their also was a small counter demonstration diagonally across Bedford Street at a private residence, featuring a sign that read “Make America GAY Again”. The rally was peaceful and passed without incident. Two members of the Georgetown PD were on duty during the event.
For a small donation to the Sussex GOP, people had an opportunity to be photographed with life-size cardboard cut-outs of the President and First lady.