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Just because it was called a Trucks for Trump rally, didn’t mean supporters had to ride around in a pick-up.

Of the estimated 1,000 cars staging in a privately-owned parking lot across from the Save Mart Center in Fresno, there were plenty of sedans, a few army vehicles and even one rusted clunker.

Nearly all had flags, either for America, Trump or both. At 11 a.m., the vehicles paraded around Fresno and Clovis in a 15 mile route west on Shaw Avenue, north on Blackstone Avenue, east on Herndon Avenue, south on Clovis Avenue and once again west on Shaw.

Trump supporters gathered hours in advance, partying as if there was a Bulldogs game happening. There were food trucks, merchandise vendors and Rep. Devin Nunes’ campaign staff had a table set up to give away signs and stickers.

“We are among like-minded individuals, patriots here, who just absolutely love the president,” said Jason Phillips, an ardent and visible Trump supporter. “We’re so grateful for everything he’s done for the country. We’re just out showing our appreciation and our support for the president today.”

“I love Donald Trump,” said Aimee Garza of Fresno, wearing a red “Woman for Trump” tank top.

For Garza, health care is the biggest campaign issue. She wants the administration to end Obamacare.

“It takes so much out of my check … it actually made me homeless for two months,” Garza said.

The Devin Nunes campaign had a booth at the Trucks for Trump staging area (GV Wire/David Taub)

An Easy Ride

“I like that he’s (Trump) pro-life, pro-God, pro-guns, pro-country, for America first.”Supporter Jordan, with daughter Briella

The closest thing GV Wire℠ could find in the form of a protest was a woman giving a thumbs down inside her car as the caravan rolled by.

The few people out on the street reacting to the parade of cars were supporters waving hello.

Organizers encouraged the cars to obey all traffic laws. Fresno motorcycle officers were stationed at several intersections but had a relatively quiet day.

“I really enjoyed it. There wasn’t too much backlash out there,” said supporter Jordan, back at the parking lot near the Campus Pointe shopping center. “I like that he’s (Trump) pro-life, pro-God, pro-guns, pro-country, for America first.”

Vendor: Trump Merchandise Supplants Lost Sales

Kevin Terrey had a steady flow of customers at his Trump merchandise booth.

“I just realized there was such a need, a want and a demand for Trump gear, and no one was stepping up,” Terrey said.

The coronavirus pandemic had a detrimental effect on his apparel company, Ink It Stitch It. But, selling Trump merchandise saved his business.

He prepared to sell his merchandise at a Shaver Lake Boats for Trump event which didn’t happen because of the Creek Fire. He normally produces material for schools and restaurants.

“Obviously all that was eliminated. We haven’t had any of that since March,” Terrey said. “This has been another big pivot because we saw the want and the demand.”

Kevin Terrey sells Trump merchandise (GV Wire/David Taub)

Curiosity drives David Taub. The award-winning journalist might be shy, but feels mighty with a recorder in his hand. He doesn't see it his job to "hold public officials accountable," but does see it to provide readers (and voters) the information needed to make intelligent choices. Taub has been honored with several writing awards from the California News Publishers Association. He's just happy to have his stories read. Joining GV Wire in 2016, Taub covers politics, government and elections, mainly in the Fresno/Clovis area. He also writes columns about local eateries (Appetite for Fresno), pro wrestling (Off the Bottom Rope), and media (Media Man). Prior to joining the online news source, Taub worked as a radio producer for KMJ and PowerTalk 96.7 in Fresno. He also worked as an assignment editor for KCOY-TV in Santa Maria, California, and KSEE-TV in Fresno. He has also worked behind the scenes for several sports broadcasts, including the NCAA basketball tournament, and the Super Bowl. When not spending time with his family, Taub loves to officially score Fresno Grizzlies games. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Taub is a die-hard Giants and 49ers fan. He graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. Go Blue! You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email