WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Wearing strings of bright LED Christmas lights around their necks so they could find each other if they got separated, Elizabeth Smiley and Suzie Barton joined about 1,200 others in a protest march in West Palm Beach Saturday night, hoping to show Donald Trump and his Mar-a-Lago guests that many Americans don’t agree with the way he’s running the country.
“So much of what he’s doing is scary for so many people,” said Smiley, 55, a social worker in Palm Beach County. “We can’t just sit back and let it happen without saying something. This is all about making sure our voices are heard.”
It’s unclear if Trump actually heard any of their messages. Ensconced in the ballroom of his Palm Beach estate, he and his guests could have easily missed the entire march, which strung out along the waterfront Flagler Drive across the Intracoastal Waterway from Mar-a-Lago, and stretched across a half-mile bridge to Palm Beach. It was Trump’s first trip as president to what he calls the “winter White House,” and it fell on the same weekend as the annual Red Cross ball. More than 500 guests were expected to attend the gala, which is the annual highlight of the Palm Beach social scene. Trump has attended the charity event often over the past 20 years.
But the sprawling complex on the south end of the island of Palm Beach is walled off from the public streets. Guests being chauffeured to and from the ball may have passed the march, but otherwise, they would have missed it entirely.
“Saw some at the south gate,” one Mar-a-Lago guest said. “No big deal.”
Carrying glowsticks, flashlights and even light-up hula hoops, protesters chanted as they walked toward Trump’s beachfront property. Several dozen Trump supporters chanted back, but the rally, which stretched over two miles, was peaceful, according to West Palm Beach Police spokesman Sgt. David LaFont.Read More...
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