Reporting on location – Rockford, Illinois at the MAGA Illinois Rally & Expo.
Charlie Kirk spoke before crowds of conservative and pro-Trump activists in the city of Rockford, Ill. this past Tuesday.
However, unlike past speaking engagements for the conservative millennial firebrand, this event held a unique distinction.
MAGA Illinois, a group of proud right-wing activists, held their rally which featured high-profile state and federal elected officials and national brand-named individuals to speak to a crowd that was filled to the brim with like-minded individuals.
Kirk shared the stage with many of the state’s rising political stars, in addition to leading alt-right and “mainstream” personalities from different factions of the local GOP.
To note, Republican gubernatorial challenger Jeanne Ives with right-of-center Congressional candidate James Marter were among the headlining speakers. Radio hosts Joe Walsh, Ed Martin, and many others also were a part of the lineup. Consequently, some of the only high-profile speakers (excluding local personalities) involved Kirk himself, and Americans for Limited Government’s Rick Manning.
Former White House chief strategist and Breitbart News CEO Steve Bannon was invited; however, he did not attend the event.
Here are some amateur photos of what the event’s program looks like:
Sold as a “Night of Celebration, Patriotism & Unity,” the MAGA Illinois rally was organized to feature, also, an expo event for attendees to the free event.
“Be a part of an uplifting evening featuring conservative stars who believed in America and fought for us to take America back,” the event’s promotional webpage states.
The event also was intended to celebrate the one year anniversary of President Donald Trump’s 2016 election victory. The festivities, in this case, were merely belated due to the scheduling and the logistical build-up to the event.
“The silent majority did it! We turned the country RED in 2016,” the website for the event also states.
The webpage continues:
“The U.S. presidential election of 2016 was the 58th quadrennial American presidential election, held on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. In a surprise victory (to liberal elite media and Democrats,) a well run campaign with a strong solid message by Republican businessman Donald Trump and Indiana Governor Mike Pence helped defeat the Democratic ticket of “crooked” Hillary Clinton and U.S. Senator from Virginia Tim Kaine. Trump took office as the 45th President, and Pence as the 48th Vice President, on January 20, 2017. Concurrent with the presidential election, Senate, House, and many gubernatorial and state and local elections were also held on November 8. We took our country back and now we celebrate on Tuesday, November 21, 2017, a year after our historic patriotic win!”
According to the majority of the speakers at the event, the MAGA Illinois rally served as a venue to voice frustration and the yearning for action in the state of Illinois, and in the United States, broadly.
“We need to step it up because the other side is angry,” said Joe Walsh to Turning Point News. Walsh is one of the many, many rising conservative talk show radio hosts making names for themselves in the far-left political environment of the state of Illinois.
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He continued: “Remember how you felt when Obama was elected? That’s how the other side feels now, and we need to get even angrier than that!”
For many of the attendees–especially the salt of the earth activists, the sentiment of frustration is equally shared.
In light of this sentiment at the event, Kirk took the time to announce the new appointment of a new urban engagement specialist for the functions of TPUSA in high urban environments.
“I’m going to yield the rest of my time to this person because I know she’s about to make a difference, and I’m happy to announce that she is now the director of urban engagement at Turning Point USA,” Kirk said, diverting his time to up and comer black conservative Candace Owens.
Owens elaborated on how she will be instrumental in executing the TPUSA urban engagement strategy. She ambitiously pointed out that by accepting the appointment to leading the urban engagement program for the organization, she and her efforts will be subject to a lot of national attention–both negative and positive.
“I’m saying this to you now, by the end of 2018 I’m going to be one of the most well-known people in this country because I am going to lead the black revolution for the Conservative movement,” Owens said to an ecstatic crowd.
Editor Mike Allison contributed to this report on location. Evening Editor Michael McGrady reported from the newsroom.
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