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Trump Supporters Spend the Day Picking up Trash in West Baltimore

Hundreds of conservative volunteers participated in a massive cleanup in West Baltimore Monday, organized by grassroots activist and ardent Trump supporter Scott Presler (aka #ThePersistence on Twitter) after the president called Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings’ congressional district a “dangerous and filthy place.”

According to WBALTV, the effort began at 8:00 a.m. and involved nearly 300 volunteers who “removed a toilet, chairs, tables and spare tires, among other things, from piles of trash in a West Baltimore alley.” They also weed-whacked and picked up leaves in an attempt to beautify the struggling neighborhoods.

Some volunteers paid “out of pocket for port-a-potties, food, water and a dumpster,” WBALTV reported. Sam’s Club pitched in by donating 1,000 water bottles to the activists.

“This isn’t about Trump or anti-Representative Cummings,” Presler says in the video below. “This is about we want to help our fellow citizens and we want to come together as a family because we’re all Americans.”

The conservative crew managed to completely clear out a couple of trash-ridden alleys:

“I think it’s great. It’s a good thing,” said Arnold Tyree, of Baltimore.

“This is our city, and we need to clean it up,” said Kenny Ebron, of west Baltimore.

People came from not only the surrounding areas, but also Pennsylvania, Ohio and New Jersey to help with the clean-up, Presler said.

Some residents thanked President Trump for bringing national attention to the community’s problems.

https://twitter.com/ScottPresler/status/1158440422328479746?s=20

Some of the trash the crew picked up was almost 11 years old.

Volunteers said that they would try to keep the effort going.

“I’m going to try and keep it going myself,” Dustin Fifer, of Baltimore, told 11 News. “It won’t happen overnight but slowly, if we get the ball rolling, it will get bigger and bigger and people will realize that people care about this place.”

In just the first few hours, the group cleaned up two blocks of alleys and sidewalks. The hope is to make the effort a monthly event.

The volunteers cleared out piles of trash in vacant lots — including furniture and TVs — and organizers said they believe they hauled out 12 to 14 tons of trash, including three complete dumpster loads.

“I’m thankful that [Trump] brought attention to Baltimore,” Presler told the Baltimore Sun. “It’s important to know that although we are the best, freest, greatest country in the world, we still have our problems, and we can’t look at the world just through rose-colored glasses.”

Presler said that “people all over the country” have been messaging him to start cleanups in their local cities. “We did something very special in Baltimore yesterday — it’s having a nationwide effect,” he tweeted.