Northeast Ohioans hold parade offering Trump support during coronavirus battle

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WOOSTER, Ohio (WJW) — Supporters of President Donald Trump gathered in Wooster on Saturday, parading through the city’s streets in their vehicles.

“This is the first parade I heard about that was local, I figured I’d come and participate,” said participant Tom Sloan.

The parade took place as the President remains at Walter Reed Medical Center fighting a coronavirus diagnosis. 

“I just wanted to show our support you know, for Wooster,” said organizer Christina Bess.

While the event was planned well before the president announced his positive test result, organizer Bess says it now is also a show of support for his health. “I hope he pulls through this and I feel that he will.”

She and husband Gary say Trump’s condition hasn’t changed their stance on masks. “I’ve never worn a mask, and I mean I’ve been healthy. I mean so I think it just depends you know like you’re underlying health issues and stuff like that,” said Bess. Gary reiterated and added, “Whenever we go somewhere, we do keep our distance from people.”

A bus that came up to Wooster was also in a pro-Trump parade Saturday morning in the Columbus area when a shooting happened on 1-270 along the route.

According to dispatchers, a 911 caller reported a black pickup truck with trump and American flags and a U.S. Marines sticker firing that shot at another vehicle. A video circulating on Twitter allegedly shows the incident happening.

Police say no one was injured.

“We were 4 minutes before the actual shooting occurred and were just like thankful that we actually missed the whole thing because we could’ve been in harm’s way at that point,” said Gia Diamico.

The Columbus event organizer, Mary Ann Walker told our sister station WCMH that she was shocked.

“Hopefully, I wouldn’t think it would be anyone in our group because I just, everybody is so friendly and nice and I just don’t see that happening.”

Campaigning is continuing on both sides during the president’s hospitalization. “As you go through the neighborhood you can definitely see that people are making their affiliations known,” said Gary.

Supporters don’t think it will hurt him in the election citing high enthusiasm.

“I still feel lots of people are going to be out and maybe hopefully supporting him more with him being sick,” said Bess.

 “President Trump is a winner and I follow that about him. He has been his whole life and something like this is definitely not going to keep him down,” Gary added.

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