by Debra Heine
A pro-Trump Boat Parade in Clearwater, Florida on Saturday set the record for the biggest boat parade of all time, shattering the previous world record. Organizers of the Clearwater boat parade said that over 1,600 boats signed up for the event, and that didn’t include last minute arrivals and those who joined in along the route. All told, as many as 2,000 boats took part, organizers told Fox 13. The previous record was set in Malaysia with 1,180 boats.
Thousands of boaters hit the water in Clearwater on Saturday in an effort to set a record for the largest pro-Trump boat parade.#Trump2020 #KAGA2020 pic.twitter.com/NH2r5vy9fy
— Wyn (@Wyn1745) August 16, 2020
The silent majority is silent NO longer. Thousands of patriots came out to support @TeamTrump in Clearwater for the BIGGEST Trump boat parade of all time, and possibly the biggest boat parade in world history!https://t.co/auFRWvyTHB pic.twitter.com/QsPt2338G9
— Kaitlin Bennett (@KaitMarieox) August 16, 2020
Largest #TrumpBoatParade2020 in Clearwater, Florida is happening today! pic.twitter.com/ZXL680O7jZ
— Patriot101 (@USMediaNetwork) August 15, 2020
The massive Trump flotilla in Clearwater was not a one-off.
Huge, grassroots boat parades have been popping up all across the country in recent months, with patriotic Americans expressing support for the president and enjoying a popular summer recreational activity at the same time. While these pro-Trump rallies have gotten some local media coverage, the corporate media have been ignoring the Trump boat parade phenomenon, focusing instead on “mostly peaceful” Democrat-favored anti-Trump demonstrations.
On Saturday, for instance, hundreds of boaters came out to Lake Hopatcong in New Jersey to show their support for President Trump.
@RealJamesWoods Trump boat parade today on Lake Hopatcong in New Jersey. Turn Jersey red! pic.twitter.com/z79UHyB3Ek
— pmb1030 (@pmb1030) August 15, 2020
On Sunday, about 400 boats participated in a Trump parade on Lake George, New York.
Reportedly, up to 1,000 pro-Trump boats cruised the Intracoastal Waterway in Myrtle Beach on July 26.
A massive Trump boat parade was held on Lake Norman in North Carolina on the 4th of July.
There were massive “Trumptilla” boat parades that cruised down the Intracoastal Waterway in Florida from Jupiter to Mar-a-Lago in May and June of this year.
There was also a “Trumptilla” boat parade in Tampa Bay on June 14 in honor of the president’s birthday.
Organizers say 300 boats signed up for today’s #Trumptilla in #TampaBay to honor the president’s birthday and show support since rallies have been on hold due to #Covid19. @TB_Times pic.twitter.com/zk5I6xCind
— Austin Fast (@a_fast) June 14, 2020
Fort Lauderdale also saw a “Trumptilla” boat parade on the president’s birthday.
Another large boat parade in honor of the president’s birthday was held on the Detroit River.
In June, July, and August, Trump supporters in New York held heavily attended “TrumpStock” boat parades.
More videos from the first ever Long Island, NY “Trumpstock” boat parade – 🛥🇺🇸🇺🇸 https://t.co/dlGXWcpaIo pic.twitter.com/nTiEcA2Jpb
— Stephanie Hamill (@STEPHMHAMILL) June 27, 2020
Ahead of a Trump fundraiser in the Hamptons last week, members of the president’s family were reportedly in attendance for another huge flotilla, including Donald Trump Jr. and his girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle.
Trump supporters in Orange Beach, Alabama have held a couple of big boat parades this year in honor of the president, according to WKRG.
Trump boat parade – Orange Beach, Alabama July 5, 2020#WWG1WGA #trump2020 #qanon #OrangeBeach #MAGA pic.twitter.com/iHIDZvWBZm
— Rail City Patriot (@RailCityPatriot) July 6, 2020
A Sheriff in Oswego County, New York spurred controversy earlier this month when his boat displayed a pro-Trump flag during a Trump flotilla on Oneida Lake.
According to NewsChannel 9 WSYR Syracuse, liberal viewers were outraged.
“Some are asking how a law enforcement agency can show support or endorsement for a a political candidate,” WSYR reported.
The Sheriff’s office said in response that the pro-Trump flag was flown “to show support of the citizens who were attending this event and to show recognition to the president of the United States for his constant support for law enforcement.”
Oswego County Legislative Chairman James Weatherup, a Republican, told WSYR that the sheriff violated the county’s flag policy and the legislature was looking into it.
A boater in Montana was surprised to see a flotilla of pro-Trump boats on Lake Flathead on the 4th of July.
A Trump parade on Lake Murray in South Carolina “attracted thousands” last month, WLTX reported:
In June, thousands of Trump supporters hit San Diego Bay to show appreciation for the president. During the event, there was also a flyover by Trump-supporting pilots.
There was also a huge boat parade for the president held in Newport Harbor in Newport Beach, California over Memorial Day weekend. This demonstration also featured a flyover by Trump-supporting pilots.
A surprised local took the following video from a kayak. “Went out fishing and it turned into a video session of all the crazy people, the insane boats, and the Trump flags,” the person says on Youtube. “It was easily the most crowded I’ve ever seen the harbor and I can’t say I remember ever seeing so many bad ass yachts out on the water at one time.”
A twelve-year-old girl inspired a massive boat parade for Trump on the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri on June 13.
“We love all people. You know, you can bring anyone down,” said Brad Ekstam, the owner of Fass Fuel Systems.
Ekstam noted that folks of all races took part in the pro-Trump event that day. “I don’t even care what their religion is. Mine is Christian, but I’m not going to shove that on someone,” he said.
On July 25, Trump supporters held a “Keep America Great In 2020” Boat Parade on Cedar Lake, Indiana:
Trump supporters in Oklahoma held boat parades for the president back in May and on August 1.
Thousands of people participated in a pro-Trump boat parade in Lake Havasu, Arizona over Memorial Day weekend.
Notice how wholesome, patriotic and upbeat these pro-Trump demonstrations are, especially compared to the grotesque and violent antifa/BLM demonstrations/riots favored by Democrats.
Although these spontaneous pro-Trump events have been going on for months on America’s coasts, lakes, and rivers, there has been little to no coverage of them in the national media.
Thank you very much to our beautiful “boaters.” I will never let you down! pic.twitter.com/Ot5Ffnjj9G
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 3, 2020
Thank you very much to our beautiful “boaters.” I will never let you down! #MAGA pic.twitter.com/BiqIqzgOcL
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 17, 2020
In July, the Trump Campaign released a press statement pointing out the lack of enthusiasm for Joe Biden, headlined, “NO BOAT PARADES: ENTHUSIASM FOR JOE BIDEN IS SINKING.”
The Trump Campaign Twitter account rubbed salt in the wound. “Did you know there has NEVER been a Biden boat parade? How sad! There is no enthusiasm for Sleepy Joe.”
More than a hundred boaters gathered in Florida for a boat parade to show support for President @realDonaldTrump.
Did you know there has NEVER been a Biden boat parade? How sad!
There is no enthusiasm for Sleepy Joe. pic.twitter.com/q182S2qK9L
— Trump War Room – Text TRUMP to 88022 (@TrumpWarRoom) July 17, 2020
While the corporate media have been studiously avoiding covering the dozens of pro-Trump flotillas, a couple of MSM rags did feature sneering put-downs of the phenomenon.
Washington Post: Trump’s campaign tries to turn the insecurity of his flotilla fixation into a political win
LA Times: Trump’s secret weapon against Biden is — boat parades?!?
The president, however, insisted over the weekend that massive MAGA boat parades sweeping the nation are organic, and his campaign has done “nothing to do this.”
“I just looked, there are thousands of boats on lakes, rivers and oceans—thousands and thousands of boats,” Trump marvaled during a press conference on Saturday. “We did nothing to do this,” he added. “It’s generic. It just happened.”
Trump told reporters that he believes that there’s more enthusiasm now than there was in 2016.
Sunday night, President Trump released a video message to boat parade participants, expressing appreciation for their efforts.
“I just wish I had time, I’d get on one of those boats and I’d be carrying a flag also,” the president said. “I just want to thank everybody. I see that, and the whole world is watching, and you people are fantastic,” he added.
President Trump releases video message to boat parade participants: pic.twitter.com/qaVjpkjeMB
— Matt Wolking (Text TRUMP to 88022) (@MattWolking) August 17, 2020
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Debra Heine is a regular contributor to American Greatness.