CHISHOLM, MN- Hundreds lined the streets of Chisholm on Friday… supporting the re-election bid of President Donald Trump and the 8 Iron Range Mayors that have endorsed the bid.
Mayor John Champa of Chisholm has historically aligned with DFL politics. He says he's seen pushback following his endorsement but says he is seeing a change from the traditionally blue Iron Range.
"When I signed the letter, I was very aware of the pushback. You're in the bear's den of the democratic party right now, and it has been for the history of the iron range, but its changing," said Mayor Champa.
Champa spoke to the energized crowd Friday, along with other lawmakers like Representative Pete Stauber, who thanked the Mayors for their support.
"It's who we are, and we have to fight for it because people are trying to stop it and stop our way of life, and these mayors are not going to let it happen," said Rep. Stauber.
A way of life that some say aligns with the President's policies.
"I think the biggest thing I heard here today was don't back down. The problem is that the left wants to silence the right. Don't back down. We are going to push forward, and we think President Trump is the answer for us up here," said Champa
CHISHOLM, MN - Hundreds gathered Friday afternoon in Chisholm to show their support for President Donald Trump and seven Iron Range area mayors who publicly backed his reelection bid.
The large crowd waving Trump and American flags gathered under the Chisholm Water Tower Friday afternoon supporting the city's Mayor, John Champa, and the mayors of Chisholm, Virginia, Two Harbors, Babbitt, Hoyt Lakes and Eveleth.
Among them, Republican Minnesota 8th District Representative Pete Stauber and several other area mayors.
The seven mayors recently penned a letter endorsing President Trump in his reelection bid.
On Wednesday, the public endorsement sparked a rally in opposition saying the endorsement is a false representation of the entire area's view.
The group also called on St. Louis County Attorney Mark Rubin to investigate whether the mayors crossed any legal lines when endorsing Trump. They also expressed plans to start a recall petition aimed at removing Champa from office.
In an interview with KBJR 6 last week, Mayor Champa said last week he has no plans to retract his support.