Trump Armada packs Charleston Harbor

Trump Armada packs Charleston Harbor
May 24 15:35 2020 Print This Article

Hundreds of boats with thousands of passengers from all over the Lowcountry packed Charleston Harbor Sunday for a Trump boat parade. The COVID-19 social distancing protocol has prevented rallies on the land, so Trump supporters have figured out a way to support President Donald Trump on the waterways. The first such rally took place on the Intercoastal Waterway in South Florida, and the phenomenon has spread throughout the country.

The Charleston event was conceived by OSR Marine, a Miami-based boating supply store, and was promoted on the Facebook page Boat Life of Charleston by administrators Chad Walton, Sr. and Carlos Gavidia. All sorts of watercraft participated, including luxury yachts, Boston whalers, jet skis, sailboats, and even a paddle board. There were also hundreds of Trump supporters lined up along The Battery in Downtown Charleston, waving American flags and Trump 2020 flags and wearing Trump gear.

The boat parade was monitored by the U.S. Coast Guard, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, and Charleston Police Department. While protest activity was rumored, it did not materialize, and participants enjoyed a safe day on the waterways.