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President Trump Takes Swing at Democrats at Metro Fundraiser

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — President Donald Trump returned to the Hawkeye State for a pair of events on Tuesday.

He started in Council Bluffs at an ethanol plant, where he touted the recent expansion to year-round E15 gas.

After speaking in Council Bluffs, he headed to the metro for a fundraiser in West Des Moines. This second stop was less of a campaign rally, and the president took time to boost Iowa’s Republican Party.

In his speech, he connected the Democratic Party to socialism.

“The Democrats have never been more out of touch with the mainstream. They are totally out of touch. They want open borders which brings crime, drugs and human trafficking. Every top Democrat supports taxpayer abortion until birth,” Trump said. “Republicans believe every life is a sacred gift from God.”

Trump had the support of 700 people who attended The America First Dinner.

Governor Kim Reynolds was there, but other top Republicans such as Joni Ernst, Steve King and Chuck Grassley, were not.

Trump not only backed Iowa’s Fetal Heart Beat Bill,which the court struck down. The President also defended his immigration policy. The president vowed to build 500 miles of a boarder wall.

Channel 13 spoke with supporters of year-round E15 who say it is about time the president makes a stop in Iowa.

“It’s now more important than ever because what’s happening in this country with all the socialist ideas that are being floated around on the other side,” Ames resident Theresa Garman said.

All proceeds from Tuesday’s fundraiser will go to the Republican Party of Iowa.

Attendees said they paid upwards of $500 per plate.

Protesters Arrested Outside Republican Fundraiser Attended by Trump

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowans both for and against President Donald Trump expressed their support and disapproval outside events on Tuesday.

Overall, the demonstrations were mostly peaceful, but a handful of people ended up getting arrested.

Those arrested are from a group called “Bold Iowa” that is protesting the denial of climate change. West Des Moines police say the group marched onto private property at Hy-Vee’s corporate offices. Officers asked them to leave and the five that didn’t were taken into custody.

“They were all wearing diapers and had whole black outfits. Their banner said, ‘This climate change should scare the sh** out of you, because it does me,’” said Mary Lovell, who supported the protesters.

Ed Fallon, the director of Bold Iowa, explained the group’s mission.

“None of us want to go to jail,” said Fallon. “But given the severity of what scientists are telling us about the climate crisis, we feel it’s important to try to stop this fundraising event from happening. The funds raised at this event will be used to support further efforts to deny the global consensus of the scientific community on climate change, and they will also support the policies of this administration and of Iowa Republican elected officials.”

The suspects have not been identified. Police say they will likely be charged with trespassing and released.

Listen to President Trump’s Full Speech at Council Bluffs Ethanol Plant

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — President Donald Trump made his first visit to Iowa since 2018 on Tuesday.

The president began his visit by touring an ethanol production facility in Council Bluffs.

The president used the ethanol plant as the backdrop for a speech highlighting his economic policies. After years of delay, the EPA finally announced last month that E15 ethanol can be sold year-round in the U.S.

For just over 30 minutes the president stuck to his usual script, reading a list of deals he says his administration has struck in the last two years.

A local farmer called to the stage by the president thanked him for the E15 rules. However, he also called on the president to end waivers from the renewable fuel standard for major oil refineries. Those waivers allow oil companies to skirt laws requiring them to avoid buying ethanol produced in Iowa and the Midwest.

The president did not weigh in on those waivers. The president did promise that new and better trade deals are on the way, including with China.

He told Iowa farmers that they are better off with the bailout payments the government is giving them than they were with previous trade deals with China.

Listen to his full speech below:

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Protest, Supporters Show up for President Trump’s Visit to Council Bluffs

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — President Donald Trump visited an ethanol plant in Council Bluffs Tuesday.

Trump landed at Offutt Air Base near Omaha, so that meant a short car ride to the venue. He passed through the town of Bellevue, where people waved from along the streets. Some people were also waiting in a designated protest area, a half mile from the venue he was speaking.

There was one giant protest sign against the president, saying “Thanks for Nothing Mr. President.” It was paid for by the One Country Project.

“I’m the CEO of Legion Digital Outdoor. We do advertising for both businesses and political groups all around the country,” said Jerry Teeter, who owns the digital sign company based out of Bellevue, Nebraska. He added that he has promoted political candidates from the Republican side as well.

Some people turned out on the streets of Bellevue to encourage the president.

“Just border security, just by himself he’s done a pretty good job of getting something rolling on it,” said Linda from Nebraska. “ It’s for everybody’s safety for the kids coming here and everybody.”

You can listen to the full speech Trump delivered at the ethanol plant in Council Bluffs, where he highlighted his economic policies and his administration’s recent decision to allow E15 ethanol to be sold year-round in the U.S.

One Protest and Support for President Trump’s Visit to Council Bluffs

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — President Donald Trump visited an ethanol plant in Council Bluffs Tuesday.

Trump landed at Offutt Air Base near Omaha, so that meant a short car ride to the venue. He passed through the town of Bellevue, where people waved from along the streets. Some people were also waiting in a designated protest area, a half mile from the venue he was speaking.

There was one giant protest sign against the President, saying “Thanks for Nothing Mr. President,” it was paid for by the One Country Project.

“I’m the CEO of Legion Digital Outdoor, we do advertising for both businesses and political groups all around the country,” said Jerry Teeter, who owns the digital sign company based out of Bellevue, NE. He added that he has promoted political candidates from the Republican side as well.

Some people turned out on the streets of Bellevue to encourage the President.

“Just border security, just by himself he’s done a pretty good job of getting something rolling on it,” said Linda from Nebraska. “ It’s for everybody’s safety for the kids coming here, and everybody.”

Biden Explains Flip on Abortion, Deals with Heckler at Ottumwa Rally

OTTUMWA, Iowa — Former Vice President Joe Biden, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate from Delaware, told Channel 13 that restrictions to abortions occurring at states across the country compelled him to change his long-held support of the federal Hyde Amendment that prohibited taxpayer dollars for most abortions. 

“It’s a legitimate criticism for them to look at,” Biden said of activists who are concerned that Biden changed his position for political gain.

As recently as last Wednesday, Biden’s campaign reaffirmed his position for the Hyde Amendment. But following a backlash from other presidential candidates and activists, Biden changed his position the next day and said that he now opposes the amendment.

Biden said the switch doesn’t benefit him politically because most Americans support the amendment. “So the idea that this would be helpful to change is not accurate to be able to win an election,” he explained.

That could be true in the general election. But in the primary election, Biden’s new position could bring him into line with more Democratic activists. 

Biden said since some states are working to further reduce women’s access to abortions and he realized the Hyde Amendment would leave some women no ability to have an abortion.

During his rally, Tim Stocking from Memphis, Tennessee, interrupted Biden by shouting, “What are you going to do about killing babies?”

Biden said that he would talk to the man after the event to address his comments. The Des Moines Register reported that the two men did meet. 

Marv’s Music Takes a Stand Against Anti-LGBTQ Comments

DES MOINES, Iowa — An East Village record store, Marv’s Music, is facing hateful comments and even losing business after they decided to sell pride shirts during the annual pride festival in Des Moines.

After several comments were sent directly to the business, owner Luke Dickens decided to take a stand.

“We don’t stand for bullying or bigotry and if somebody wants to take that stand against us, it’s not about us we are just a record store. It’s about the person walking down the street, the kid who goes to school was just being themselves and people are saying things against them that isn’t fair and isn’t OK. It’s about that it’s not about us. We are just a record store. It’s about people that live with this every single day of their life. I’m not going to let it happen. Yes I may lose business over it. It doesn’t matter to me at the end of the day if my business is closed. I can go to bed knowing I did the right thing,” Dickens said.

They decided to take that hate and use it as fuel to further their support for the LGBTQ community by donating funds from the shirts and part of their record sales to One Iowa and Iowa Safe Schools.

“I’m really happy to shop here and really happy to support these guys. I have family members who are LGBTQ and a lot of friends who are LGBTQ and just supporting them and being allies is so important. And it’s really refreshing to see businesses that I like to shop at supporting those as well and being vocal about that,” customer Mason Ferguson said.

The owner and employees say the bottom line is that all are welcome at Marv’s Music and their partner store, Vinyl Cup Records.

“When somebody comes in and attacks a place like that, that is so near and dear to so many people in the community, it stings quite a bit. Mainly because music doesn’t know prejudice. Music doesn’t really know hate. Music doesn’t judge; it’s just there to make you feel good,” employee Tyson Holm said.

To support the cause you can shop at both Marv’s Music and Vinyl Cup Records, which will be donating a portion of this month’s total sales and funds from t-shirts to One Iowa and Iowa Safe Schools.

Indianola Man Arrested After Confronting Police Officers With Guns

INDIANOLA, Iowa — An Indianola man is behind bars after a scary incident with officers.

Police were called to a report of an erratic person on the city’s west side Tuesday around 9:10 a.m.

When officers arrived, the man went into his home and came back out with a rifle. He eventually put the gun down, but as police approached, he retreated back into the home and came back with two handguns. Officers were finally able to take him into custody.

Richard Biesemeyer, 29, is charged with two counts of intimidation with a dangerous weapon and interference with official acts.

Biesemeyer also faces several charges from an April incident where he’s accused of drunkenly starting fights at a bar, shouting racial slurs at law enforcement and spitting blood at deputies.

He is being held in the Jasper County Jail.

Pools on High Alert After 6-Year-Old Boy’s Drowning in Glidden

GLIDDEN, Iowa — Six-year-old Kadyn Sporrer of Carroll died over the weekend after drowning at the Glidden Aquatic Center.

The death has rattled the local community and nearby pools. Simeon Lang, the Wellness and Aquatics director for the pool in Jefferson, says he made sure his staff understood what happened.

“I made them aware of the situation very quickly and just the gravity of the work that we do. You know, day in and day out it might get monotonous, but what we do really matters. We always have to be alert because no matter how good of a swimmer someone may appear to be, tragedies do happen, but hopefully not on our watch,” said Lang.

Lang says the death impacted him personally. His child plays basketball in the same league that Kadyn did.

“It’s tough because it hits home just a little bit more. Tremendous family, tremendous people, and you know nobody deserves that. So, you know, thoughts and prayers, literally, to that family for that peace and strength to get through such a tragic time,” said Lang.

The Glidden Aquatic Center was open Tuesday, and it appeared that lifeguards were undergoing training beforehand. It’s unclear if the training had already been scheduled or was in response to the drowning. The Aquatic Center did not comment when Channel 13 called to ask about weekend staffing and training procedures, referring the matter to the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department.

The Carroll County Sheriff’s Department has not released details on what led to the drowning. Channel 13 reached out to the department. They could not give a definitive time when the report would become available.

8-Year-Old’s ‘Voice Stolen’: Thieves Take Devices Necessary to Communicate, Walk

DES MOINES, Iowa — Imagine not being able to communicate how you feel or what you need and want. That’s currently the life of Kylar Mills. His communication device, much like a tablet, made that all possible, but he doesn’t have it anymore because someone stole it from his mother’s vehicle.

“By stealing his communication device, they have literally stolen his voice,” Cassidy Thayer said.

Thayer is a mom to Kylar Mills, an 8-year-old boy born at 29 weeks.

“He’s very energetic,” Thayer said. He’s like any young boy.

“He really likes cartoons. He likes Spongebob,” Thayer said.

“Sandy!” Kylar screamed. “Yes, Sandy, on Spongebob,” Thayer responds.

But he doesn’t communicate like most young boys.

At 14 months, doctors removed half his brain to stop his seizures. Now he’s almost seizure free, but he relies on a special communication device, or as his family calls it, “a talker,” to communicate meaningfully.

“We’ve spent an entire year customizing that device to tailor to him and to his speech,” Thayer said. “So his favorite words, his favorite places, his favorite foods, are all accessible on his device.”

Now it’s gone, along with his ankle-foot orthosis (AFOs), or leg braces, that were stolen from Thayer’s car.

“So this is without AFOs,” Thayer said while trying to help Kylar walk. “You can see he’s already shaking.”

Thayer turned to Facebook hoping someone would return the items because they’re really only of value to Kylar.

“If it popped up on our doorstep, we would be nothing but grateful,” Thayer said.

Thayer says it’s not about the money, but rather the time it will take, weeks maybe months, to replace the equipment. Not to mention, it’s causing a deficit in Kylar’s development.

“He’s just beginning to learn how to do these things. He’s learning how to communicate through his device and just learning how to walk, so even a few months of not being able to utilize those is a huge impact,” Thayer said.

Kylar’s hand splint was also stolen. If you do find his device, especially his talker, please contact the Des Moines Police Department.