On Saturday Donald Trump was showered with love at the annual Army versus Navy football game, which the president-elect took great pride in when he posted a BizPac Review article on it to his official Facebook page.
Likewise, his former campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, received a hero’s welcome when she returned to her hometown to serve as grand marshal of the Christmas parade, but not everyone was there to support her.
“We should have someone who represents all the people, not just someone who looks and acts like them,” protester Lauren Wilson told the Philly Voice of Conway, who is of Italian descent like much of the government of Hammonton, New Jersey where the parade was held.
Wilson was angry because she said Conway was invited to the event by her old high school classmate, and town council member, Mickey Pullia.
Mayor Steve DiDonato informed Wilson that Pulla put Conway’s name forward for grand marshall and that the majority of the town council approved, the Voice reported.
It was done without an open scheduled council meeting or a vote which, the Voice said, appeared to violate the state’s Open Public Meetings Act.
Still, most of the parade attendees were happy to see Conway as she was cheered as she stepped off of a fire truck and gave remarks on Saturday night.
Conway asked the crowd to “send a thank-you card to a soldier” for Christmas and asked them to pray for “our outgoing president and vice president … and for our new president and vice president.”
Protesters mingled among the crowd and both factions interacted as protesters were treated respectfully, according to the Press of Atlantic City.
It was a far cry from the people Conway said have threatened her life since Trump’s historic election win.
Happily, the protests were minor and didn’t ruin the joyous event.
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