Boaters across the country came out this weekend by the thousands to honor President Donald J. Trump on his 74th birthday, June 14th, which also happens to be Flag Day here in the United States and the Army's 254th birthday. There were boat parades from Florida to California, South Carolina to Michigan and many states in between. The parades were called "Flotilla" and "Trumpilla".
In Detroit, boats made their way from MacRay Harbor marina in Macomb County’s Harrison Township to the Ambassador Bridge. It was estimated that 2,000 boats of all sizes took part in the festivities.
According to an article in the Detroit Free Press "The "Make America Great Again" parade, hosted by the Michigan Conservative Coalition and Michigan Trump Republicans 2020, lasted nearly three hours with boats traveling at around 5 m.p.h. Trump 2020 flags could be seen from either side of the Detroit River near the Ambassador Bridge, the parade’s endpoint."
Florida had no shortage of boats for their parades either. The Tampa Bay Times reported on June 11th that the organizer, Sherri Gerland of Apollo Beach said, “When Trump can’t have his rallies, these people are taking to the water rallying for him,” She continued in another interview on Sunday “Looking back at it, you could see this just wall of water and boats,” Gerland said. "It was overwhelming.”
Palm Beach had their own Trumptilla boat parade as well with hundreds of boats and people.
Photo Credit: Gigi Bowman
Photo Credit: Gigi Bowman.
In Jacksonville, Florida, where the RNC will hold the convention in August, it was reported that 1,000 boats were in attendance on the St. John's river according to local news station News4Jax
The President tweeted out his appreciation for Boaters and the Boat Parade plans.
The RNC reports that they raised a record $14 million in 24 hours for the RNC and the Trump campaign on the President's birthday. This comes on the heels of the announcement of the President's first rally since the Coronavirus outbreak where over 1 million people have signed up for tickets to the Tulsa event. Ronna McDaniel was on Fox News earlier today and said "There is no denying the enthusiasm for this President. It's through the roof. It's higher than we have ever seen". She continued "And that is what is being underrepresented in these polls".
The latest cash on hand numbers show the Republican National Committee at $255 million vs the Democratic National Committee at $100 million according to The Hill.