NORMAL, Il (WEEK) - Area radio host and candidate for Normal Town Council David Paul Blumenshine helped spearhead the effort to take a group to the Nation's Capital Wednesday.
In all, 49 people bought tickets for $130, packing the bus that left at 4:00 PM Tuesday. Blumenshine said they gauged public interest before securing a bus and offering tickets. Then they sold out in just a couple days.
'Stop the Steal' is the name of the rally President Trump has encouraged his supporters to attend Wednesday. On the same day, Congress is expected to vote on certification of election results, naming Joe Biden the next President of the United States.
"People are sick and tired of being sick and tired….it's time we dictate to government that they work for us," explained Blumenshine.
Each person on the bus had their reasons for making the 12-hour trip to Washington. Only a few would share.
"Well if the bus hadn't been going I would've been driving anyway," explained Linda Andreas who drove to Normal from her home in Maryville, Illinois. "Make our voices known that we oppose the fraud," she said.
"He (President Trump) was calling for all patriots and I'm definitely a Patriot," explained Dawn Nowlin of Heyworth, Illinois. "President Trump won. I'm absolutely sure he won.[..]There's going to be something exciting he's going to say," she added.
Blumenshine lamented that, "There has not been enough information put out to the pubic on some of the discrepancies, anomalies, abnormalities to election fraud, to voter fraud."
He explained once they arrive in DC around 5 AM, they'll be boots on the ground for about 12 hours and then it's back on the bus for another 12 hour drive to home.
The energy around the bus before departure was filled with excitement. Still, some on board are anxious about what's to come. "I'm pretty scared to be honest with you. There's rumors of people who want to start trouble, and there's rumors of ANTIFA," explained Nowlin saying she'd never been a part of such a large crowd.