Editor’s note: The original version of this post mistakenly said that local radio host Matt Mittan spoke at the rally; in fact, he was not in attendance.
Hundreds of people gathered at the steps of the Buncombe County Courthouse on Saturday to protest government spending and lament what they called out-of-control government spending and a move away from the values embedded in the U.S. Constitution.
The event was a replay of the April 15 Tax Day Tea Party protests, held in Asheville and cities and towns across the U.S. The protests have been promoted by a conservative nonprofit group and touted by conservative commentators and bloggers, who have tapped into worry about the current recession and discontent over the response in government spending.
The crowd of about 600 people carried handmade signs and listened raptly to a host of speakers, including Ron Kauffman, a radio talk show host and a man who took the microphone briefly to urge the crowd to toss out elected officials. Rand Cardwell of Knoxville, Tenn., represented a group called the Oath Keepers and led the crowd in a recitation of an oath to support and defend the U.S. Constitution. Click on the videos below to see portions of their speeches.
Click here to see photos from the protest. Click below to see video snippets from the event.
— Jason Sandford, multimedia editor