Meet the Mesa County 'Deplorables'

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT)-- A portion of the Mesa County Republican Party is breaking off to form its own group because members said the party is not working hard enough to get Donald Trump elected to the White House.

“It’s worse than that they’re useless. They’re actually trying to sabotage Donald Trump from getting elected,” said Matt Patterson who is pioneering the Mesa County Deplorables.

Patterson, who says he's a former employee of the Republican Party, said the Mesa County Deplorables is a volunteer group. The Colorado Republican Committee's Communications Director says Patterson was never employed by them. In an email the Director states, "he was offered a position but ultimately declined it."

Patterson says the group has one goal, "Make sure Donald Trump gets as many votes as he can here in Western Colorado,” said Patterson.

Deplorable was a label given to Trump supporters by Hillary Clinton.

“You can put half of Trump supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables," said Hillary Clinton during a September campaign event. "The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic—you name it."

Patterson said his group is compiled of Republicans frustrated by the establishment who can't back their candidate.

"All this nonsense about sex talk just gives them an excuse...it's pathetic," said Patterson.

The Mesa County Deplorables' first event will be on Thursday from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. outside of Hillary Clinton’s Grand Junction campaign headquarters at 209 Colorado Avenue.

The event is a rally for women in support of Trump.

"We wanted to go to Hillary’s front door…we are going to go there and show her symbolically that she doesn’t speak for all women," said Patterson.

The Chair of Mesa County Republicans Kraig Andrews has concerns about the Mesa County Deplorables since they have no affiliation to the Mesa County Republicans,

"If something were to get out of hand that is where we would have a concern, as it reflects back on us,” said Andrews.

Andrews said as long as the Mesa County Deplorables events stay respectful and positive they will support the unaffiliated group.

"This is an outlet for those that want to step out, be seen, and be vocal in support of their candidate,” said Andrews.



 
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