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With Florida being one of the more than 30 states beginning to ease “stay-at-home” restrictions in response to the coronavirus pandemic, people are only too happy to rejoin the world.
And in the Sunshine State, which has fared better than many states — and far better than early projections — what better way to do that than hold a boat parade in honor of President Donald Trump.
Hundreds of South Florida boaters took to the Intracoastal Waterway on Sunday to show their support for the president, with the boat parade, departed from the Jupiter Inlet and traveled south toward Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, WPTV reported.
Dubbed “Trump Bash 2020,” the flotilla earned a tip of the hat from the commander in chief, who promised to “never” let his supporters down.
“Thank you very much to our beautiful ‘boaters.’ I will never let you down!” Trump tweeted, along with a short video clip featuring some of the voters.
Thank you very much to our beautiful “boaters.” I will never let you down! pic.twitter.com/Ot5Ffnjj9G
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 3, 2020
A Facebook page was set up to advertise the event and managed to survive the great Mark Zuckerberg censorship crusade.
“Asking every boat to fly your favorite TRUMP flag and USA Flag! Don’t miss this event its going to be ‘HUGE.’ Lets honor President Trump for all he is doing to ‘Keep America Great!'” the page stated.
— FSUuuge! (@JupiterRisin) May 3, 2020
Jupiter boat owner Carlos Gavidia was deemed to be making waves by his community management for showing support for the president by flying a Trump flag at the end of his dock.
Told he couldn’t display the flag, an undaunted Gavidia went one better — he wrapped his entire boat in a customized Trump paint scheme. And in response, the president offered his thanks, tweeting: “Very cool. Please thank him!”
Boat owner told ‘no’ to Trump flag on dock, so he MAGA-pimped his ride and blasted music instead https://t.co/OiDHAVBgx8
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) May 3, 2020
It also cannot be confirmed that there’s any truth to online reports of a Biden boat parade taking place, as seen below:
Bidens boat parade. pic.twitter.com/60rf5AV0eI
— Nate Lenart (@natesr) May 4, 2020
Turns out, this was not the first time this year South Florida boaters have expressed their enthusiasm for President Trump.
Back in early March, before COVID-19 took full control of our lives, there was another boat parade.
The “Trump Flotilla 2020” took place in the Hillsboro Beach Intracoastal waterway, located about 30 miles south of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort.
Boaters for Trump is a hot thing! South Florida boaters make waves for POTUS https://t.co/UwkLGJO6IE
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) March 11, 2020
With the exception of Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, which have been hit the hardest, most of Florida will reopen on Monday, May 4.
Restaurants will be allowed to open at 25 percent capacity, with outside seating areas restricted by established social distancing guidelines of tables being 6 feet apart and no parties of more than 10 people.
Many retail stores will also be allowed to open with restrictions, and hospitals and medical providers will return to elective procedures.
Florida’s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis stressed facts over fear last week.
We need to focus on facts and not fear. They said Florida was going to be just like New York or an “Uber Italy” when it came to hospitalizations and fatalities. This was wrong. It’s time to focus on the facts and follow a safe, smart and step-by-step plan for recovery. pic.twitter.com/tCksZJ05a3
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) May 1, 2020
“There’s been a lot that’s been done to try to promote fear, to promote worst-case scenarios, to drive hysteria. People should know that worst-case scenario thinking (in Florida) – that has not proven to be true,” he said.
“The only thing we have to fear is letting fear overwhelm our sense of purpose and determination,” DeSantis said of reopening.
Here’s a sampling of other photos and videos of the impressive turnout in support of Trump from Twitter:
— Allen Davis (@AllenDavis1964) May 3, 2020
— Greg Musselwhite (@GregMusselwhit3) May 3, 2020
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