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Outnumbered but making a statement

Supporters of President Trump sail the Coralville Reservoir on Labor Day
Supporters of President Donald Trump line the railing of Mehaffey Bridge as they wave and cheer for participants in a “Make The Rez Great Again” boat parade on Monday, Sept. 7.

NORTH LIBERTY– Johnson County has long been a bastion of the Democratic Party, with 57,631 (active and non-active) registered voters as of Sept. 1, according to the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office. In contrast, the Republican Party has 20,693 (active and non-active) registered voters in the county in its ranks.
Despite being heavily outnumbered, Johnson County Republicans took to the Coralville Reservoir and Mehaffey Bridge on Labor Day Monday, Sept. 7, to show support for President Donald Trump during a “Make the Rez Great Boat Parade.”
The flotilla, similar to other boat parades held across the country, including recently in the Quad-Cities, originated at public boat ramps to the north and south of Mehaffey Bridge and gathered near the bridge at 2:15 p.m. when the National Anthem was broadcast by radio station KKRQ. More than 100 supporters lined the bridge and displayed signs for Republican candidates, the American flag, and the “Thin Blue Line” flag in support of law enforcement officers.
Despite being in a heavily Democratic county, there was no counter protest other than one pontoon boat sporting a Biden for President sign and multiple “Black Lives Matter” signs. Some people driving by expressed their support with a thumbs-up while others raised their middle finger as they rolled past.
Trump won Iowa with 51.8 percent of the vote to Hillary Clinton’s 42.2 percent in the 2016 election, but Clinton dominated Johnson County 66 percent to 27.8 percent for Trump. Of the six counties for Clinton, Johnson County had the highest tally.