As Johnson City prepares for President Trump’s visit to Freedom Hall on Monday, young republicans at East Tennessee State University are doing the same.
The Conservative Coalition on campus is preparing to volunteer at the rally.
“We are excited for it. A lot of people have come by today we have helped them get tickets,” said Holdon Guy Friday as students tabled on campus. Guy is the chairman for the coalition.
Guy says many students will help check people in to Freedom Hall.
“A lot of people are going to be there. It’s going to take a lot of people to handle the crowds. So we’re sending people to help out, get people channeled in and get people there to see the president,” says Guy.
The students are excited to welcome the President to Johnson City.
“I think it’s amazing that the Tri-Cities is kind of back on the map so to speak. East Tennessee tends to be the forgotten child of Tennessee, everyone believing it kind of stops at Knoxville. So it’s great that he is coming to our area,” says Kailey Neiman with the Conservative Coalition and ETSU’s chapter of the NRA.
But for these young republicans, it is not just excitement.
“It’s important that we educate ourselves, that we are up to date on the issues, that we are willing to go out and actually put our thoughts and ideals and morals to work,” says Neiman.
They want to show why young people should be active in politics, no matter your political affiliation.
“Well we are the future of this county. And there are a lot of young republicans here. So we have to get them mobilized, we have to get them out there,” says Guy.
“If you don’t understand the basis of why you believe what you believe you are going to get lost in the wave of things,” says Neiman.
The students say the President is coming to Johnson City at just the right time.
“It’s happening right here, right now in a time where we are in a very contested Senate seat, that will really define what is going to get passed as far as legislation,” says Neiman.
The students say in the end they want to stand up for what they believe in.
“The end goal is to get our republican nominees elected this November. And to support our President,” says Guy.
All information about President Trump’s visit to Johnson City on Monday can be found here.