Trump supporters rally in Maspeth Memorial Square
by Crystal Wolfe
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Donald Trump supporters gathered in Maspeth on Saturday to show their support for the president.

It was organized by a group calling themselves the “America First Party” and held in Maspeth Memorial Square at Grand Avenue and 69th Street.

The event took place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and was attended by roughly 100 people throughout the day.

Organizer Karina Moreno of Maspeth, who emigrated to the United States from Ecuador 17 years ago, has attended pro-Trump rallies in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

“This is a movement, not an organization,” she said. “We support an America-first agenda, pro-life, pro-family, pro-police, and stopping illegal immigration. We have to stop the progressive agenda.”

Co-organizer Tom Zmich is a resident of Bayside.

“This is our first rally in Queens, and it needed to be done,” he said. “We need to vote the Democrats out, we the people have something to say. We support ICE, we support the police, we support a wall.

“We support legal immigration, not illegal immigration,” he added. “We support the military, and we support the right to bare arms.”

An African-American Queens College student and future nun Norvilia Etienne led the rally in prayer.

“I came out today to support the president,” said CJ Ricciardi. “Other presidents worry about everyone else, but this president worries about this country. We have our own problems, and Trump puts America first.”

“It's great to see everyone coming out to support the president and his common sense and pro-American policies,” added Charlie Vavrusha.

Jessica White is an African American political hopeful from Brooklyn running against Congressman Hakeem Jeffries.

“I believe in policy over party and that we have to support the president,” she said.

“I don't think he's a racist,” White said of the president. “I don't think he understands the history of racial injustice, and I think he needs to be educated. I don't think he's trying to divide the races.”

Vickie Paladino is running for State Senate in Northeast Queens as a Republican.

“I am against socialists trying to take away our quality of life,” she said. “The Democrats have a monopoly, and anytime that happens, we have corruption. We need a loud voice that will fight in Albany.”

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