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About 30 La Crosse area residents crowded the entrance to Rep. Ron Kind's downtown office Monday to protest the impeachment inquiry into President Trump's dealings with Ukraine.

La Crosse Republicans rallied outside Rep. Ron Kind’s downtown office Monday to demand that he and other House Democrats drop the impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

“The only thing the president has done wrong is winning an election he wasn’t supposed to win,” said Brian Westrate, treasurer of the Republican Party of Wisconsin. Westrate’s words were met with applause from the roughly 30 residents who crowded the intersection of Fifth and Jay streets, waving flags and holding signs in support of the president:

“END THE WITCH HUNT!”

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Westrate

“WE STAND WITH TRUMP!”

“KEEP USA GREAT!”

The rally was part of the national “Stop the Madness” campaign, a response to calls that Trump be impeached over his request that Ukraine investigate former vice president and current Democratic primary frontrunner Joe Biden.

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Feehan

“The president has been embattled from the day he was elected,” said Bill Feehan, chairman of the Third Congressional District for the Republican Party of Wisconsin. “They started these endless investigations, like the Russia collusion investigation, which went nowhere. Then they called on Mueller to testify, and they couldn’t find anything there. Now, they’re starting this ridiculous investigation into his phone call with Ukraine.

“We’re here today to say that it’s time to stop the madness. It’s time for Democrats in Congress to get back to work for the American people.”

Kind, who has represented Wisconsin’s 3rd Congressional District since 1997, is one of eight House Democrats who have yet to publicly endorse impeachment, though he has expressed support for the investigation itself.

Ron Kind

Kind

A spokesperson for Kind declined to provide a statement Monday, referring reporters to the congressman’s previous comments on the impeachment inquiry.

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“As we continue to learn more details about the president’s alarming actions, I remain extremely concerned that the president actively coerced a foreign government to meddle in our election and then tried to cover it up,” the statement reads. “It’s more vital than ever for Congress to get all the facts it can and I will continue to support Congress’s ongoing investigations into the whistleblower complaint. As a former special prosecutor, I believe it is important for Congress to complete its investigation before we make any decision of this magnitude.”

Those who attended Monday’s rally said Kind and other House Democrats should pay less attention to Trump’s dealings with Ukraine and more attention to the economy and national security.

Feehan said Congress should pass the tabled United States-Mexico-Canada trade agreement, and begin working on a bill that would help fortify the southern border.

“Democrats have lectured us for 20 years about the importance of security on the Mexican border, and now, they refuse to support the president’s efforts,” Feehan said. “These are issues that affect the people of Wisconsin. Kind talks about wanting to help farmers in the 3rd District, well, a big way to do that would be to pass the USMCA.”

Local Trump allies noted how the historically blue Third District turned red in the 2016 presidential election, and they argued that Kind’s support for the Ukraine investigation defies the will of area voters.

The only way Trump should be removed from office, they said, is if someone beats him in 2020.

“Congressman Kind needs to listen to his constituents,” Anthony Carver, 37, said. Of the 30 or so residents who attended the rally, Carver was the only one to agree to an interview.

“(Kind) has no right to overturn the decision that we made in 2016, because I think there’s a silent majority that supports Trump,” he said. “I want to be a part of that, and I want people to see that it exists.”

As much as the rally was a celebration of Trump, it was also a rebuke of Kind.

Feehan described the longtime representative as too liberal for local conservatives and too conservative for local liberals, a politician dodging arrows from the left and from the right.

He said he is optimistic about a Republican winning the Third District seat in 2020, something that has not happened in 25 years.

“To Ron Kind, I say that the road to re-election will not be nearly as easy this time,” Feehan said. “You will have an opponent, and the people of the 3rd Congressional District will have a choice.”

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Kyle Farris can be reached at 608-791-8234 or kfarris@lacrossetribune.com. Follow him on Twitter at @Kyle_A_Farris.

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Redwall

Our man of action, Ron Kind, is "leading a bipartisan trade mission" to Switzerland.



The humor in that should not be lost on anyone. Interesting the Fibune didnt bother reporting that.


thomaslind949

Maybe the small turnout was due to a potential confrontation with the violent left. They got outsmarted, lost an election and still can't get over it. Anybody see the video of ANTIFA ( stands for antifascist) people beating the hell out of a conservative reporter, all in the name of liberalism. All wearing masks like cowards. Many people don't openly support Trump because they fear violence. Thus the small crowds. Mission accomplished, THUGS! The polls taken before 2016 showed it was going to be a cake walk for Clinton. People showed what their true feelings were when it came time to vote. I can't wait to see all of you lose your minds AGAIN, in 2020. But I'll probably have to get my concealed carry license to protect myself from all of the liberal loons out there.

PhysicsIsFun

Those white supremacist Trump supporters in Charlottesville did not wear masks. They did kill and innocent woman with car. That guy was convicted of murder. Thomas you have a bolt loose.

shameless

If the anti fascists are against your guy, what does that make you? Hint: it rhymes with mashist.

thomaslind949

It doesn't make me a fascist, Shameless one. I'm a nonviolent, conservative who loves America. And you are a schmidiot. What happened in Charlotte is happening all the time isn't it, Professor Phizz? The whack jobs are far more plentiful on your side. Jerry Seinfeld won't do his routine on College campuses anymore. Why? The "useful idiots"/ "snow flakes" couldn't handle the hurtful things he said (it's called humor), and heckled the hell out of him. If they could have gotten away with it they would probably would have worked him over good, too. Unfortunately some of these people will vote.

badboy

For those of you keeping track of trump's impeachable offenses:

- TREASON

- Emoluments

- Obstruction of justice

- Abuse of power

- Extortion

...and, INCITING CIVIL WAR.

Redwall

Bobdunn's list is longer than your list.

johnnybragatti

HEY !!! We finally got a President who is more like an insane criminal ,mob boss than anything else.He says :"it"s OK to be racist." All Trump-Humpers are racist too, so it all works out right ??? The "30" Lacrosse backers of the Orange Carcass, will soon be 30,000, as soon as trump sees it. Wanna bet ?

The Mouse of Death

[censored]It would behoove us to cry foul over the Feehan abuse mailer:

https://lacrossetribune.com/news/local/feehan-cries-foul-over-abuser-mailer/article_85d878c4-18db-11e2-bbe3-0019bb2963f4.html

We are indeed bemezzled by the The charges — misdemeanor battery and disorderly conduct — were filed after a Sept. 30, 2000, incident in which Feehan’s then-girlfriend said he choked her and threw her across the yard during a fight over a Yorkshire terrier. According to the police report, Feehan was “beligerant (sic) and cocky throughout the encounter.”

JPR

If you support a traitor does that not make you a traitor? While some here can apparently stomach a racist, bigot, xenophobe, liar and a life-long grifter I cannot understand what rationale comes into play that allows for treason? (google Helsinki Summit if you require video evidence) Needless to say, our present day politics are in a dark, sad and scary place.

peabody59

To the 30 die hard Trump cult members....You boy just blocked Gordon Sondland from testifying in the impeachment inquiry. I would think if the orange menace had nothing to hide he would welcome this testimony to prove his conversation with Ukraine was PERFECT. Me thinks this gives the impression he may be trying to hide something, don't you think? I have a new tagline for you....MATA (Make America Trumpless Again).

PhysicsIsFun

I'm just impressed that they spelled witch correctly.

Redwall

You're speaking about the Fibune's spelling, we presume. Not that anyone here cares what impresses you.

PhysicsIsFun

No. Redball. I am referring to the stupid sign parroting our stupid criminal president that is pictured in your protest. The Tribune does a fine job. The Republican Party is a criminal conspiracy led by a mob boss in Trump.

joebadaxxe

True believers. Good luck, fools!

Jobaba

Always amazes me how republicans can yak on at length about what Democrats want. All of it false of course. Adding false items to a list makes it seem stronger, more powerful. Unfortunately when it is shown to be false they only look weaker and sillier. That guy shoulda just come out and claimed it was his "great and unmatched wisdom".

Redwall

What item on BobDunn's list do you disagree with?

BobDunn

Outside of smear tactics the Democrats really don't have anything. They sure don't want to talk about the economy LOL. Democrat-Socialist 2020 Platform & Goals:



-End all deportations of illegal aliens (if you get here, you stay.)



-Voting rights for non citizens.



-Massive tax increases.



-Pack the courts with radical liberal judges (Like the 9th circuit)



-Increase refugee's from the third world.



-Non citizens allowed to hold public office.



-Socialism.



-Open Borders.



-Sanctuary Cities.



-Decriminalize illegal entry into our country.



-De-fund & terminate Border Patrol & ICE.



-Disarming Americans.



-Free abortions for all (Taxpayer funded)



-Green new deal.



-End of Electoral College



-Free medicare care for all including non citizens (taxpayer funded)



-Raise minimum wage (expect massive reduction in full time jobs & loss of health care benefits)



-!00% free college for all, including non citizens. (tax payer funded)



-Reparations for every rac "harmed" by the white man.



-Convicts, terrorists voting.



-Susie & Bobby using the same restrooms.



-Late term abortions up to 9 months.



-Infanticide.



-Pay check for every person in the US even if they choose not to work.







(From the Democrat's themselves. View their speeches / debates on you tube. Pay particular attention to when the moderator asks the candidates to "raise your hand" if in favor questions.) The choice is yours.


peabody59

Hey Bob...

Fox and Friends just called and they want to interview you. They said they have never seen anyone summarize their propaganda as well as you have. Congratulations!

oldhomey

Wow! THIRTY people attended this massive rally! Now THAT is an effective warning bell to the Democratic Party that the Trump magic is not dead, it remains a colossal political dreadnought that make it risky to oppose. If 30 or so people in La Crosse show up for this, think of the size of a crowd in NYC. Two thousand? Three thousand? Biggest ever, one would suppose, by Trumpian standards. The greatest display of political loyalty in the history of this country. Maybe ANY country. Perfect. Just perfect.

Redwall

If they were Dems, the Fibune would have reported it as "standing room only".


peabody59

“Congressman Kind needs to listen to his constituents,” Anthony Carver, 37, said. Of the 30 or so residents who attended the rally, Carver was the only one to agree to an interview.

I can give you a pretty reason why the other 29 didn't want to be interviewed, they are afraid to admit they support someone as loathsome as Trump. As far as Kind listening to his constituents, obviously Mr. Carver doesn't realize that the 30 MAGA cult members who were there are not representative of the beliefs of this community. A few of us actually watch something other than Fox News to get our information.

Redwall

The Fibune quotes Westrate and Feehan throughout the article. That adds up to one for Fibune staff writers and peabody.



Wow!

takka

The Republican Party should be absolutely ashamed about Trump's conduct. The orange haired one makes Nixon look like a choir boy.

Redwall

Right. Vote Shiff.

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