TRUMP BIRTHDAY INSPIRES PATRIOTS AND PROTESTERS
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.