Hundreds of Boats Join Pro-Trump Parade Off Long Island Ahead of RNC

Hundreds of boats decorated with "Blue Lives Matter" and "Make Liberals Cry" flags gathered in Long Island's Shinnecock Bay Sunday ahead of the Republican National Convention at which President Donald Trump was renominated.

Trump supporters from New York's Hamptons area traversed several miles in recreational boats, cruisers, speedboats and other personal watercraft Sunday as part of an event dubbed a celebration of the "silent majority." Flyers and videos promoted the event as the latest "Trumptilla," boat parades in support of the president, in addition to offering support of law enforcement officers.

The Coast Guard and onlookers estimated that between 100 and 200 boats took part in the event which passed by the Hampton Bays' Ponquogue Bridge. No incidents were reported in connection with the event.

"The silent majority isn't silent today," said Cathie Gugliucci, 51, of Old Brookville, told Newsday, as she waved an American flag Sunday. "We love the patriotism, supporting our president, the positive energy, supporting our police."

American flags with blue stripes in support of police officers were placed next to "Trump 2020" flags and signs declaring, "Never Biden," a reference to former Vice President Joe Biden, who was nominated at the Democratic National Convention last week. Many participants and supportive onlookers in the area said the event allowed them to publicly support both Trump and law enforcement—something they say has been frowned upon in the wake of Black Lives Matter protests and the May 25 death of George Floyd.

"Police officers are taking it on the chin, and I don't think there's any reason for it," said George Hughes of Hampton Bays in an interview with Newsday. His wife, Freddie, remarked the president just "wants for America. He wants for we the people."

"As Long Islanders get ready for #RNC2020, they were out in force today in Shinnecock Bay for a massive Trump Boat Parade!," tweeted Lee Zeldin in support of the event. Zeldin, a Republican congressman and military veteran in New York's 1st District, is set to address the RNC during a prime-time speech Wednesday.

Bagpipe players, a person in an Elmo from Sesame Street costume and dozens of cheering supporters chanting "four more years" took up lawn chairs on nearby docks and beaches to express their support for the pro-Trump boat parade.

While nearby New York City is an overwhelmingly Democratic city, Long Island's Suffolk County went to Trump in the 2016 election against Hillary Clinton. Trump won 52.5 percent of the Suffolk County vote four years ago. Trump himself was in the Hamptons area for a pair of fundraisers earlier this month in which he touted the "huge" flotilla event. Joe LaFace, a nearby restaurant owner, told the Southampton Press last week the "Trumptilla" would be the "biggest thing Shinnecock's ever seen."

Newsweek reached out to several dockside businesses for additional comment Monday morning.

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Hundreds of boats decorated with "Blue Lives Matter" and "Make Liberals Cry" flags gathered in Long Island's Shinnecock Bay Sunday ahead of the Republican National Convention at which President Donald Trump was renominated. Screenshot: Shinnecock Bay | Twitter