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A boat owner in Jupiter, Florida, launched a perhaps out-of-this-world show of support for President Donald Trump.
Evidently, Carlos Gavidia made waves, at least as far as the management of his community was concerned, by flying a Trump flag at the end of his dock.
Presumably, complaints flooded in to some extent from the anti-MAGA cohort, and whoever was in charge told him that he couldn’t display the banner anymore, according to Fox News.
Undaunted, and apparently intent on expressing his free speech rights under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, Gavidia decided to customize the boat with a Trump wrap along the side and navigated through the waterway while playing the Star-Spangled Banner on his way home.
Footage of his making-boating-great-again effort found its way to Twitter, where it was retweeted by the president’s son, Eric Trump.
— Carlos Gavidia (@CarlosG18457871) April 18, 2020
The president himself described the boat redesign as “very cool” and expressed his appreciation to the boater.
Very cool. Please thank him! https://t.co/7nc79fCFip
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 2, 2020
Thank you for posting!! This is my boat and I!🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
— Carlos Gavidia (@CarlosG18457871) May 3, 2020
Reacting on his Facebook page to the national publicity the Trump boat received as a result of the Fox News coverage, Carlos Gavidia wrote that “Fox News supports our 1st Amendment rights too…you won’t see this on CNN or other liberal news networks.”
For like-minded Trump supporters, a pro-Trump boat parade is reportedly scheduled for the Square Grouper Jupiter Inlet in Jupiter today (Sunday) starting at 11:30 a.m.
Separately from the Trump-labeled boat story in Jupiter, all across country, Trump supporters have encountered choppy seas when wearing Trump gear or displaying pro-Trump symbology like flags. Sometimes, unfortunately, it descends into vandalism, and even physical violence.
For example, in an incident also in the Sunshine State, married physicians were arrested last month for allegedly removing a “Trump 2020” flag from their elderly neighbor’s yard. The couple faces four misdemeanor charges (criminal mischief, trespassing, larceny, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor), after the alleged theft, with two young children in tow, was caught on surveillance video. The neighbor indicated the damage to the base of the flagpole amounted to $500 while the flag itself cost $200.
A New Jersey man last month got ticketed for flying a Trump flag (which required regular replace after it was repeatedly damaged or stolen) in violation of a local ordinance. He could face a maximum fine of $2,000, but vowed to continue to keep the Trump flag in the air.
Earlier this year, an Indiana couple were charged with deliberately running two teenage boys off the road because of President Trump flags on their bikes. Snapchat video posted by the couple themselves led to police filing charges.
Robert Jonathan is a staff writer for BizPac Review. He is a longtime writer/editor for news aggregation websites and has also developed content in the legal and financial publishing sectors as well as for online education. He earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Connecticut School of Law, “a law school the basketball teams can be proud of.”
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