Massive MAGA boat parade on Memorial Day draws hearty response from Trump

Fans of former President Donald Trump turned out in droves Monday in Jupiter, Fla., to mark the Memorial Day holiday.

In a repeat of a scene seen many times when Trump was in the White House, throngs of boaters took to the water in the Sunshine State for a MAGA boat parade. Watercraft of all sizes were seen flying banners that read “Trump Won,” “Trump Is My President,” and “Trump 2024.” There were also banners that declared “Team Deplorables: Save America,” and “This Area Is a Liberal-Free Zone.”

There were also MAGA flags and plenty of American flags, of course — this always the first indication that a gathering is not left-leaning.

Crowds even lined the banks to enjoy the parade of Trump supporters on Memorial Day.

Roger Stone was on hand, joining the festivities with wife Nydia, who was diagnosed with stage 3 cancer last week.

In one photo circulating online, Stone is seen flashing his trademark peace sign aboard a vessel. A video purportedly shows Stone on the back of a boat wearing a “Stone Cold Truth” t-shirt.

Stone got sucked in on special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian collusion, which turned out to be a hoax. In effect, he became collateral damage in the failed quest to take out Trump, being convicted in November 2019 for obstruction of justice, making false statements to Congress, and witness tampering.

Sentenced to 40 months in prison, Trump would later commute Stone’s sentence to remove the jail time.

The former president released a statement upon learning of the massive show of support.

“Wow! I hear they have thousands and thousands of boats parading in Jupiter, despite the fact that they tried to cancel us. Everyone is having an incredible time. On this day. we especially appreciate everyone who served and fought for our great country. I love you all!” the release said.

Trump, who left Mar-a-Lago earlier this month to stay at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, for the summer, continues to toy with the idea of running for president again in 2024, and recently announced he will resume campaign-style rallies around the country, to include in Florida, Ohio, Georgia and North Carolina.

Widely seen as the leader of the Republican Party, Trump’s influence in the 2022 mid-term elections is expected to be extensive.

While some questioned early tweets from President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris ahead of Memorial Day — which would be followed with more full-throated statements after criticism — Trump left no room for doubt on his feelings.

He released the following statement praising the “gallantry” of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country:

“On this Memorial Day, we remember the fallen heroes who took their last breaths in defense of our Nation, our families, our citizens, and our sacred freedoms. The depth of their devotion, the steel of their resolve, and the purity of their patriotism has no equal in human history. On distant battlefields, in far-off oceans, and high in the skies above, they faced down our enemies and gave their lives so that America would prevail. They made the supreme sacrifice so that our people can live in safety and our Nation can thrive in peace. It is because of their gallantry that we can together, as one people, continue our pursuit of America’s glorious destiny.

We owe all that we are, and everything we ever hope to be, to these unrivaled heroes. Their memory and their legacy is immortal. Our loyalty to them and to their families is eternal and everlasting.

America’s warriors are the single greatest force for justice, peace, liberty, and security among all the nations ever to exist on earth. God bless our fallen Soldiers, Sailors, Coast Guardsmen, Airmen, and Marines. We honor them today, forever, and always.

Tom Tillison

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