Hundreds flocked to Washington, D.C. over the weekend for the “Help Fix Up D.C.” event that was largely inspired by South Carolina native Chris Cox, who has taken it upon himself to keep the National Mall clean amid the partial government shutdown.
“You’re the reason we’re here,” Dominick Langella of Binghamton, New York told Cox, according to The Washington Post. “We’re here to support you.”
The Post’s article is straightforward and factual and seems to praise the attendees for their work, despite the fact that many were affiliated with the much-maligned Tea Party.
From The Washington Post:
The [Langella] couple and more than 200 others gathered at the Mall on Saturday to help Cox pick up garbage. Many were drawn by a cleanup rally sponsored by several groups that were motivated by the man.
In Binghamton, the Langellas heard about Cox’s efforts over the past several days. On Friday night, they watched a recording of [Glenn] Beck interviewing Cox and talking about how the political commentator was going be at the Mall on Saturday cleaning litter.
“Let’s go to Washington,” Cori Langella said.
“Do you want to? Okay, let’s go,” Dominick said.
They left their home at 4:30 a.m. Saturday.
After arriving at the Mall, they cleaned for more than four hours — something that was a challenge for Dominick, a retired mechanic who has multiple sclerosis.
But he planned to return to the Mall on Sunday, if he could, to clean up after events taking place there. “We’ll try to make it down in the afternoon,” he said.
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