BY KATHY KAHN
While fanfare was humming in the Nation’s capitol, locals from Rockland, the Hudson Valley and Bergen County had a celebration of their own at the Mahwah Sheraton on January 20.
More than 150 guests, many in formal attire, watched Trump’s inauguration replayed and joined in toasting the outcome of the election. After veteran Ron Brooks sang the National Anthem and Steven Rogers, who is Chris Christie’s opponent for New Jersey governor spoke to the audience, the party got underway.
The Black Dirt Bandits, who played at the Trump rally at Rhoades Tavern in Sloatsburg, joined Trump supporters again and played a medley of music that brought both Millennials and Boomers on to the dance floor.
Elisa Taylor organized the event just a few days before January 20. “I realized no one had planned an inaugural celebration locally…so many people in Rockland, the Hudson Valley and New Jersey supported Trump. I’m elated that President Trump won, but I’m very disappointed in the way people are reacting to this election.”
Audrey Johnson Scheper of Piermont is a career coach and Trump supporter. Together with her husband, Glenn, she hosts a YouTube show called Trump4all.us. The couple was at the Sheraton interviewing guests to capture their reaction to the campaign antics and inauguration.
“I met Mr. Trump several years ago, and I have nothing but respect for him,” said Scheper. “I’m very pleased he won, and I believe he is going to do great things for our country.”
Although the crowd was jubilant, one person who spoke with The Rockland County Times was not a Trump supporter but felt she chose “the lesser of two evils. Hillary is evil, deceptive, manipulative and a liar. President Trump is in a position I have to respect. He is our leader in world government now.”