Indivisible Freeport hosts candleight vigil following Helsinki summit

Published: Jul. 18, 2018 at 10:32 PM CDT
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FREEPORT, Ill. (WIFR) - Following President Trump's summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, some people across the stateline are upset with the way Trump reacted to allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 election. One group is coming together to send a message to the president and other elected officials.

Nearly 150 candlelight vigils were held across the country Wednesday evening. The group Indivisible Freeport hosted its own ceremony saying our democracy is in a grave situation.

Nearly 30 people lined the streets in Freeport to send a strong response to the president's actions in Helsinki. Members of the group say they don't trust the president after he did not back up U.S. intelligence agencies who said Russia meddled in the 2016 election. The vigil's motto was “confront corruption, demand democracy.” Trump supporters say the corruption was from the prior administration.

“We’re just not going to take it. We're going to do something about it, we're going to tell people, we're going to talk to people and try to get him to understand get other people involved so that we can make a stand,” said founding member of Indivisible Freeport Rosemary Esch.

“Until there’s a report from a governmental agency showing proof of who actually did what and where and how, I can’t comment on that stuff because it's hearsay. I need to deal with facts; I don’t want to deal with hearsay,” said state representative for the 68th district John Cabello.

Indivisible Freeport says it’s worried the president’s actions will continue in the future. Representative Cabello says some people are just looking for reasons to find fault with people they don’t like.

Indivisible Freeport says it's happy to have an active group and hopes to host more events in the future.