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Community members rally against President Trump's visit to Duluth

Updated: September 30, 2020 10:58 PM

A group opposed to President Donald Trump's visit to Duluth Wednesday spent the afternoon rallying outside the Duluth International Airport.

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Kate Horvath of Duluth helped organize the event. She said she was motivated to do so because she wanted to showcase what she called positive aspects of the community of Duluth.

“I can’t speak for everyone because there's so many different folks here from all across the community, but you know, pro-democracy, pro-decency and respect, pro Black Lives Matter, you know pro-science, pro-education, pro-healthcare,” Horvath said.

Paul Deputy of Duluth, a participant in the rally said it was important for him to come out and make his voice heard Wednesday because he believes the outcome of this election will impact generations to come.

“I’m not doing this for me. I’ve had my life. I’m 74. I’m doing this for my grandchildren and all their peers and that means the children of the United States and beyond. That’s why I’m doing it,” Deputy said.

Jeff Brown of Duluth, another participant in the rally said he was motivated to come out on Wednesday because as a veteran, he feels let down by the president.

“I'm not happy with the current political climate and as a veteran, what President Trump has said about veterans and stuff, I just, I don't buy into it. I don't believe it. I just don't believe that he cares about us, quite honestly and it’s frustrating and it hurts,” Brown said.

Others present at the rally expressed concerns about the way President Trump and his administration have handled the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as, what the future of healthcare would may look like if he is re-elected.

They also expressed concerns about climate change, which they would like to see action taken on. As well as, expressed support for the Black Lives Matter movement and funding science and education.

In addition to Wednesday’s rally, a voter registration event was organized at the Duluth Public Library by local Native activists.

Organizers of both the rally and the registration event said masks and social distancing would be required of participants.

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