President Donald Trump’s fans and protesters lined the motorcade route from Palm Beach International Airport to Mar-a-Lago along Southern Boulevard to cheer and jeer.
Here is what Trump fans said:
— Barbie Rizzo, 60, West Palm Beach: “We want Trump to know we support him. He’s kept all his promises.”
— Paula Magnuson, holding a sign that reads “Dogs Love $ Love Trump.” She said, “He’s the man who can do the job. I love my president!”
— Sofia Manolesco, in her 40s said she wants Trump to feel welcome in Palm Beach County. “The criticism he gets is so unfair. You have to see the good things he’s done.”
— Artist Joseph Borucki Sr., of Lake Worth was one of a handful of Trump supporters on hand to greet the president. Borucki brought with him portraits he painted of President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump. Borucki said he he hoped the president might one day sign them. “I admire the president,” Borucki said. “Look what he’s done. He’s a businessman and now the president running the country. He’s running the country just as good as he runs his business.” Borucki cited Trump’s economic record and international efforts such as the summit in North Korea as some reasons for his support. He said he would like to see tone between Republicans and Democrats improve, but added that he appreciates Trump matter-of-fact style. “He’s not going to say all these made up speeches that sound politically correct, “Borucki said. “He’s going to say how it is.”
— Hector, 57, born in Argentina and moved to Florida 24 years ago. He lives in Lake Worth: “Trump is making America great again. Everywhere you go you see signs that companies are hiring people. He’s going to fix everything!”
— Marie, from West Palm Beach, said: “I want a greater America and Trump can give us that. He’s in favor of the economy, troops and building a wall.”
— Jennifer Eady lives in Wellington and supports Trump: “He is so patriotic. I think the Democrats rigged the mid-term elections because the races were too close to call.”
— Father and son Jose and Jesus Hernandez came by the park to support the president. They live nearby, so it’s easy to come out and wave each time Trump comes to Palm Beach County. “We say ‘Hi,’ and we go,” Jose said. Jesus said he has seen the presidential motorcade stop three times to say “hello.” “I think it’s amazing,” Jesus said. “Not everyone in the country gets to see this every day.” Jose was irked by the midterm elections, expressing frustration as to the constant delays in counting votes in Palm Beach and Broward counties. “That’s where the word ‘fraud’ comes from,” he said.
Others said they came to oppose the president’s policies.
— Brenda Macedo, of Lake Worth, was among dozens of protesters gathering along the route at Southern Boulevard and Parker Avenue ahead of the president’s landing. Macedo said she was there to stand in solidarity with the victims of the Stoneman Douglas shootings. “This President has done absolutely nothing in the way of gun control,” she said. Macedo said she was also protesting against the state’s environmental record and against Trump’s attacks on the media. “I’m really pissed off that I have to here be here today and I don’t like the fact that he’s here,” she said. “This is supposed to be my vacation too, but l can’t let this rest.”
— Bob H. of Palm Springs brought out his protest signs not for President Donald Trump, but for the people who would drive down eastbound Southern Boulevard ahead of the motorcade. Maybe they will catch the eyes of regular folks, he said, hopefully making them stop and think. “What good does it do to make him riled up?” he said. His signs read “Trump Lies All the Time–Every Day! And cheats at Golf, too…” and “You frighten the World.” He went back to his car to retrieve American flags, saying they weren’t just for the president’s supporters. “People who oppose the president can also be patriotic,” Bob H. said. “The most patriotic thing you can do is oppose the president.”
— Julia Echezarreta, of Wellington, came with a laundry list of why she opposed the president, holding a large sign that read “CORRUPT” in red letters. Separating families at the border. Climate change. Women’s rights. One thing that really irked her was the Trump’s complaints about former president Barack Obama playing golf when he enjoys hitting a round or two as well. “The golf thing kills me,” she said.
— “I came out today for all of the friends and family I have who are affected by this criminal who calls himself a president, said protester Joyce Brown, of Greenacres. “Those who have to fight xenophobia, racism, fascism. We don’t take any of those words lightly. He’s doing so much harm to this country.”
This article provided by NewsEdge.