The organizers of the “Squash Amash” rally believe they got their message across, boasting of “over 300 people” in attendance at the afternoon event to protest Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.).
The Michigan Trump Republicans held their “Squash Amash” rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Friday to protest against the congressman over his calls to impeach President Donald Trump — the only Republican to back the idea thus far.
Speaking with IJR Red on Saturday, Michigan Trump Republicans co-founder Diane Schindelbeck reflected upon the event, saying the group “knew” their message was not only present but loud and clear.
“I believe our message was there,” said Schindelbeck. “And we knew it was. People were demanding that we do something about Justin Amash, and I think we accomplished that.”
The last time Schindelbeck spoke to IJR Red about the rally, she indicated its goal was to let Amash know “he is not representing the voter base” in his state — which Trump won in the 2016 presidential election — or his district and, she shared how the Michigan Trump Republicans had hoped to “get 30 to 50 people” to come out.
The rally’s attendance numbers exceeded those expectations though, with the group’s co-founder telling IJR Red, “We had over 300 people show up in support of our president.”
Check out some of the scenes from the rally:
“Squash Amash” rally happening now on Michigan St. NW. People at the rally say the final straw with Rep. Justin Amash was his calling for the impeachment of President Trump. @wzzm13 pic.twitter.com/mlqaYnicHF
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Michigan Trump Republicans organized a "Squash Amash" rally outside the office of U.S. Justin Amash, R-Cascade Township, Friday because of his support of beginning impeachment proceedings against @realDonaldTrump pic.twitter.com/SoXM9psKzf
— MLive (@MLive) June 15, 2019
Trump supporters at "Squash Amash" rally in Grand Rapids pic.twitter.com/yeNO3YCGHT
— Jonathan Oosting (@jonathanoosting) June 14, 2019
— Nick Manes (@nickrmanes) June 14, 2019
“Squash Amash” rally in Grand Rapids MI outside Justin Amash’s office. pic.twitter.com/ZmYU0dTMPh
— Jim Sutton (@JimSuttonPhotog) June 14, 2019
— Cheyna Roth (@Cheyna_R) June 14, 2019
— America's Voice News (@AVoiceNews) June 14, 2019
The Michigan Trump Republicans co-founder also noted that they had “about a dozen” birthday parties for the president “throughout the state” after the conclusion of the “Squash Amash” rally.
“It was a day of celebrating America First policy,” added Schindelbeck. “It was wonderful.”
As IJR Red previously reported, attendees at the rally took a break from protesting the Michigan congressman to join together and sing the president “Happy Birthday” as he turned 73 years old.
Schindelbeck went on to say that she and her organization believe the president will win Michigan in the 2020 presidential election “by a landslide” and added that the group will be working “very strongly” to have “legislators in place that will support the president’s agenda.”
Amash’s office has not yet responded to IJR Red’s request for comment about the rally.