Drain the Columbia swamp the focus at Trump rally

While President Donald Trump’s opponents are clear that their target is him, his supporters are not retaliating in-kind.

“Hold their feet to the fire,” said Chad Connelly, former chairman of the S.C. GOP. He was one of several speakers at the pro-Trump, Spirit of America Rally, held on the Statehouse grounds Monday by Main Street Patriots.

Connelly directed his call for accountability toward the Republican General Assembly.
“Make phone calls,” Connelly said. He also advised Trump supporters, who want to see change, to go to the offices of their legislators and tell them they want to see reform. Connelly was not the only speaker sounding a warning to voters.

“We’ll see an historical year of taxes, spending and borrowing,” said S.C. Treasurer Curtis Loftis, a frequent critic of government mismanagement and waste, who spoke at the rally.

Loftis said the Senate Majority Leader (Sen. Hugh Leatherman) and Speaker of the House (Rep. Jay Lucas) both Republicans, have all of the power in the state.  He also said they will squander the taxpayers’ money without anyone stopping them.

Pastor Leon Winn, of Sumter, changed the direction of the rally in a rousing sermon-type address.
“I believe God is going to use him,” Winn said, referring to Trump. Winn also said Trump cannot be bought because he’s not in office for the money, but “for the people.”

There were two anti-Trump protesters on the site, sitting on a bench with signs. But they were engaged in a long and civil conversation with some of the Trump supporters.

Rich Bolen, a Lexington attorney and GOP official, also said voters should demand accountability from Republican legislators.
Other speakers included Lee Bright, Bill Frady, Monica Schmitz and Allen Olson.