Trump hats sit in a bin at Doris Miller’s Trump merchandise stand in Vienna, Ill. An avid Trump supporter, Miller sells Trump merchandise to raise profits for Trump. “We don’t even take our lunch money out of that, because we want every cent to go to Trump,” Miller said Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. (Jared Treece | @bisalo )
Trump hats sit in a bin at Doris Miller’s Trump merchandise stand in Vienna, Ill. An avid Trump supporter, Miller sells Trump merchandise to raise profits for Trump. “We don’t even take our lunch money out of that, because we want every cent to go to Trump,” Miller said Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020.

Jared Treece | @bisalo

A Trump supporter reflects on current events in the Capitol

January 19, 2021

Edited 1/20/2021 9:48 p.m.

After weeks of sitting under her red tent in Vienna, Ill., Doris Miller, 87 concluded her fundraising for President Trump after raising $8,350 and looks forward to the possibility that he might run for president again.

(See more: Avid Trump supporter helps raise funds for the president)

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Although a lot of Vienna, Ill. locals have supported Miller’s efforts, she said she has still been called a “racist” and a “nazi.”

Miller believes the election was stolen and it should be further investigated due to ballot dropboxes, “no check-in signatures”, Election Day registration, “blocking the windows” and “not letting the poll watchers in.”

She expressed concern that there had been thousands of people at the pro-Trump rallies while it seemed that Biden “hid away in his basement” rather than rallying his supporters.

“If I’m still here, this side of the grass, when he runs again, I will be in my front yard under the red tent for Trump,” Miller said.

On Wednesday, Jan. 6, Trump supporters rallied in Washington D.C. which ended in destruction to the Capitol Building and panic amongst lawmakers in the building.

Earlier that day, Congress had verified a victory for President-Elect Joe Biden.

When reflecting on the current events in the U.S. Capitol, Miller remembers the three Trump rallies that she had previously attended in Indiana, Cape Girardeau, and Murphysboro.

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“I’m just saying that all of the rallies that I went to with people who were for Trump did not act like that,” Miller said. 

Doris Miller, 87, of Vienna, Ill. poses for a photo inside her house with framed photos of President Trump and a photo of her shaking hands with the president Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, in Vienna, Ill. Miller shook Donald Trump’s hand when she went to the “Make America Great Again” rally in Evansville, Ind. Miller is an avid Donald Trump supporter that sells Trump merchandise in her front yard and sends all of the profits to President Trump. “So I send it [profits] weekly or maybe every two weeks. But, I send it all to him. We don’t even take our lunch money out of that, because we want every cent to go to Trump.” Miller said. (Jared Treece | @bisalo )

She expressed that she believed that the riot in the capitol was not Trump’s fault saying that, “he told them to be peaceful, what more could he do?”

“All summer, city after city were burning. Police stations, courthouses, businesses; police were told to stand down. They did not condemn this. Even the historic church downtown by the White House was set on fire. Statues were torn down and when Nancy Pelosi was asked about this, she said, well I never did care much for statues. ‘People will do what they do,’ that was her attitude. When Chris Cuomo was asked about the protestors he said, please tell me where it says protestors are supposed to be polite,” Miller said.

As a result of the insurrection of the radicals in the Capitol, the number of National Guard troops present at Biden’s inauguration is continuing to rise and is currently at 21,000.

On Friday, Jan. 8, Twitter released a statement that said due to the recent Tweets from Trump they had decided to “permanently suspend the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence.”

“Twitter is the only way that he can get his message out because only Fox would tell us what was really going on and they didn’t only tell us, they showed us videos of it and the rest of them hid every good thing that he did and said everything good about the other side,” Miller said.

“I think President Trump is the only one strong enough, smart enough, and has guts enough to have stood up to the foreign leaders. He loves his country and the other side, the way I see it, they love themselves, money, and power,” Miller said.

In Miller’s opinion, she believes that Democrats view the right-wing as dumb, poor, illiterate, ignorant and deplorables. 

“I think it was Barack Obama who said that we cling to our God, our Bible, and our guns. This was said in a way of making fun of us and that’s the only true thing that they ever said and this is true I stand for God, I have Bible studies in my home every week and I sleep with my gun under my pillow,” Miller said.

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