Trump supporters plan boat rally for president’s birthday
Jun 15 2020
Donald Trump has defended himself on Twitter after he was filmed walking unsteadily down a ramp on Saturday.
Instead, it retrained attention on his handling of protests sparked by the death of George Floyd, a black Minnesota man who died after a police officer knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes. Others chose to shine the spotlight on Barack Obama instead, some even declaring June 14th to be Obama Day.
Although they are, they were overshadowed by a campaign - which conservative sectors of the United States awarded to trolls - to ridicule the greetings to Trump and, in many cases, to recall the figure of Barack Obama as president of the country.
That appearance also came at a time when Trump said he had been taking a course of hydroxychloroquine, a drug he believed could help fend off the coronavirus, despite a lack of medical evidence.
Trump said the 2020 graduates of the nation's oldest service academy "have come from the farms and the cities, from states big and small, and from every race, religion, color, and creed".
Trump's appearance Saturday was meant to signal a return to normalcy after the coronavirus pandemic.
And motorcyclists with "Bikers for Trump" met at the Cracker Barrel in Stuart and followed the trucks to Southern Boulevard, then headed to the Harley-Davidson store on 45th Street in West Palm Beach for an after party.
Trump's supporters on Saturday too took part in a "Trumptilla" boat parade in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to celebrate his birthday. Esper was scheduled to deliver videotaped remarks.
The Palm Beach Post reports that an anti-Trump caravan also was riding through the county Sunday to protest racism and call for police reforms.
Esper did not attend, but echoed the theme of unity in a video message.
Trump, however, was incorrect to say women had been trained at West Point for the anti-slavery fight; they were not allowed to become cadets until 1976. They had been home since spring break in early March.
The graduating class was socially distanced for the ceremony, sitting in single chairs on the Plain Parade Field spaced about 6 feet apart.
The graduating class immediately underwent coronavirus testing when they returned to campus in late May.