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Anti-Trump rally goes on in La Crosse, after cancellation of Pence event

Brad Williams



A change of travel plans for Republican Vice President Mike Pence did not affect a Democratic party rally held Thursday in downtown La Crosse. 

The concern over the coronavirus led Pence to make a trip to Washington state for health care planning, instead of speaking at a Trump campaign event in Onalaska. 

Fifteen to 20 people gathered at Cameron Park to protest Trump administration actions which they say have been hurtful to women, the LGBT community, and people with certain medical conditions. 

La Crosse County Board chair Tara Johnson jokingly told the rally that Pence “ditched” the La Crosse area, because the planned Onalaska event was cancelled when he was unable to attend. 

The Cameron Park demonstration was meant as a protest of Pence’s planned appearance at a “Women for Trump” event in Onalaska’s Stoney Creek Inn. 

The vice president’s wife, Karen Pence, was still scheduled to attend a Trump campaign event in St. Paul this evening.


A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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