TRUMP BIRTH­DAY IN­SPIRES PA­TRI­OTS AND PRO­TEST­ERS

The Washington Times Daily - - NATION - BY JEN­NIFER HARPER

Pres­i­dent Trump cel­e­brates his 71st birth­day Wed­nes­day — an oc­ca­sion that is sub­ject to in­ter­pre­ta­tion among his fans and foes alike.

Those around the na­tion who con­tinue to back the pres­i­dent are cel­e­brat­ing the day with af­fec­tion for Mr. Trump, a col­lec­tive motto that reads “We have got your back” and a prac­ti­cal eye on the fastap­proach­ing 2018 midterm elec­tions. Some lo­cal Repub­li­cans are us­ing the birth­day mo­ment for grass-roots voter out­reach and to reaf­firm their sup­port for the pres­i­dent. Wed­nes­day also hap­pens to be Flag Day, so the pa­tri­otic fac­tor is much in ev­i­dence.

Case in point: Lake County Repub­li­cans of Tavares, Florida, plan to cel­e­brate both oc­ca­sions by rolling out the lo­cally fa­mous, 29-foot TrumpMo­bile, which has been fash­ioned out of two Mercedes Benz sta­tion wag­ons and a 1962 Chrysler Im­pe­rial. The cus­tom sil­ver ve­hi­cle weighs in at 7,500 pounds and is topped off by an em­phatic “Make Amer­ica Great Again” sign.

The Florida Repub­li­cans are also fea­tur­ing a mo­bile Trump Jum­botron to bear the happy tid­ings of the day, plus a few choice po­lit­i­cal mes­sages as well. On hand for the cel­e­bra­tion: Tavares Mayor Lori Pfis­ter, Lake County Sher­iff Pey­ton Grin­nell, mul­ti­ple GOP can­di­dates run­ning for state of­fices, plus Blacks for Trump 2020 and His­pan­ics for Trump. Voter reg­is­tra­tion and a solemn flag-fold­ing cer­e­mony will also be on the agenda — along with food and mu­sic,

In Chicago, the North­west Side GOP Club is also stag­ing a pub­lic birth­day party, com­plete with a raf­fle, voter reg­is­tra­tion, free ap­pe­tiz­ers, a cash bar, plus Todd and the Ten Pins, a lo­cal band.

In the mean­time, the Salem Ra­dio Net­work — home to such syn­di­cated hosts as Hugh He­witt and Michael Medved — has col­lected recorded birth­day greet­ings for Mr. Trump from lis­ten­ers around the na­tion.

“It is a wel­come break from the par­ti­san bick­er­ing which has dom­i­nated na­tional head­lines in re­cent weeks,” says Tom Tradup, vice pres­i­dent for pro­gram­ming for the Texas-based net­work.

Need­less to say, mul­ti­ple groups who op­pose Mr. Trump also will be mark­ing the day in a less-friendly man­ner, in­clud­ing “artist” marches in six cities, live per­for­mances and as­sorted “re­sis­tance” ac­tiv­i­ties. Rise and Re­sist, an ac­tivist group, plans to protest out­side Trump Tower in New York City, bear­ing a gift: a plane ticket to Rus­sia.

“Bring your anger for the ad­min­is­tra­tion. Bring your mega­phone. This is the per­fect day to ruin for him. Let’s show Trump what NYC can do,” the group ad­vises, not­ing they are there to sup­port fem­i­nism, en­vi­ron­men­tal­ism, LGBTQ rights and other causes.

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