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Trump supporters hold MAGA boat parade in Dubuque

DUBUQUE, Iowa (KWWL) - Hundreds of boats took part in a boat parade to support President Trump's re-election in Dubuque Saturday.

Saturday afternoon, the Mississippi River was a sea of Trump-Pence signs, flags, and chants of 'four more years.'

Dubuque and Jackson County Republicans put on the event to raise awareness for Republican candidates and raise money for the groups.

"Here in Dubuque we care," Paul Kurt said. "We are just glad to do it to show support for Trump."

Most of the boaters started at A.Y. McDonald Park in Dubuque and then made their way down the river. Others joined along the way.

As the parade moved down the river, supporters like Nancy Smith lined the shores to cheer them on.

"I support Donald Trump, I support the police, and I support the military," Smith said.

Smith said she has lost some friends because she supports President Trump.

"Isn't that sad that we can't have a difference of opinions?" she said. "It is just sad."

As we enter the final sprint to election day, it is sure to be a bruising few months.

"This is a wonderful country that we need to keep safe," Smith said. "We need to be united for the country."

In a statement to KWWL, the Dubuque County Democrats responded to Saturday's boat parade.

“We respect participation in democracy, and free speech. It is ironic that they chose to exercise those rights on Labor Day weekend because the Republican Party is failing hard working Americans, and attacking their right to work safely, and with dignity, and for a living wage. That is what Democrats are honoring this weekend. We are grateful to those laborers who fought, and died for the rights we all enjoy.”

Steve Drahozal, Chair of the Dubuque County Democrats.

The boat parade in Dubuque was one of several held across the state and around the country this weekend.

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