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Supporters of ‘Trump Train’ join ‘Back the Blue Parade’ for Saturday parade

October 18, 2020 | 12:10 am

Updated October 18, 2020 | 11:17 am

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Vehicles lined a parking lot Saturday afternoon, many of them donning “Keep America Great” and “Back the Blue” flags as residents in high spirits readied themselves and their cars for a “Trump 2020 — Back the Blue Parade” that started in Owensboro and was set to end in Tell City, Ind. 

The event — described as a “Trump Train” by supporters — was the second one organized by Owensboro resident Andy Henderson, who said the parade was a chance for supporters of both presidential candidate Donald Trump and local law enforcement a chance to come together and rally before the November election. 

“I was just talking to friends on Facebook, and we kept noticing all the [Trump] trains around the country,” Henderson said. “I messed up and said, ‘Well, maybe we need to have one.’ Next thing you know, we were having one.” 

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The first Trump Train went better than expected, Henderson said. When people continued to ask him when another event would happen, he decided to throw another parade together and see how many would show up. 

“I thought, ‘Why not?’” he said. 

Several Tell City residents traveled to Owensboro for the first Trump Train event, Henderson said. When he learned Tell City would be holding a “Back the Blue” parade on Saturday, Henderson figured the Owensboro parade could start a little earlier and then join up with the event in southern Indiana. 

“Some of them were talking about driving down [HWY] 60 and following us back over here, so they might do that,” he said. 

With roughly 25-30 vehicles scaling the edges of the parking lot and another hour left to go before leaving, Henderson said the second Trump Train had already garnered more interest than the first one had. 

“Hopefully like the last one, we’ll pick up some along the way,” he said. 

Editor’s note: In the original publication of this article, it could have been interpreted that the event was organized by Owensboro Legacy Church. However, it was organized by an Owensboro resident and the vehicles met in the church parking lot.

October 18, 2020 | 12:10 am

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