Local reaction from President Trump’s talk of transition

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Hardiness and valor; purity and innocence; vigilance, perseverance and justice are what red, white, and blue represent on our American flag. While this ultimate symbol of freedom waves in the wind in Grand Junction, doubt and fear fill the streets. Addi Vis is a proud Trump supporter says, “I still think that there’s a lot of fraud going on in the voting process.” Caitlin James doesn’t support Trump and says, “It’s unprecedented, and I think it’s dangerous. I think it’s kind of scary.”

Two citizens have two different opinions about the same president and his statement.

President Trump says in a White House video, “My focus now turns to ensuring a smooth, orderly and seamless transition of power.” “I wouldn’t really say he accepted defeat. It may have seemed like he did, but I don’t think he really did. He’s trying to keep everybody, I guess, calm,” Vis said. “I really don’t know what’s going to happen. It’s just a strange time in our history. So, I’m definitely on edge,” said James.

You have the right to bear arms, you have the freedom of speech, and here in Grand Junction people will be protesting peacefully with a license to drive. Vis says, “We’re gonna take over North, and Main Street, and Patterson, and just kind of fly our flags, and just let people know; hey, we haven’t given up this fight.” While Vis is proud to protest, James is on edge in the same city. “I’ve seen so many people online talking about arming themselves, and that’s a little terrifying,” said James.

The world remains in shock from the violence witnessed at the capitol siege on Wednesday, but here in the streets of Grand Junction there were peaceful pro Trump protests on the same day. Now, on Friday another group has gathered in solidarity to show support for Trump, and it may be two trucks now, but there will be a whole lot more. “At one of ours we had over 1,500 people out. So, we’re just trying to get some people out here tomorrow. We’ll have flags and everything going, and just another peaceful protest. No violence,” Vis said.

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