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Diary    H3'ed 3/24/18

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My wife and I went to the Pop-up demonstration against the arrival of Donald Trump here in Mar-A-Lago tonight. There might have been a dozen anti Trump demonstrators plus two or three times that number of pro-Trump demonstrators. We had early occupied a good corner at St Catherine's Church near the east end of Southern Boulevard, where his motorcade had to pass. But before Trump's motorcade passed about a half a dozen troll provocateurs came and stood, in violation of police directions, in front of us on the sidewalk. We held our ground. Most of them were women and they screamed every insult in the book they could think of. We were libtards and baby killers and Communists and Nazis. I looked a man in the eyes and said quietly "You will not provoke us."

Ruth and I were holding up opposite ends of a long sign that said "Shame" on it. The height of our harassment came when the man had moved to the other end of the sign and lunged toward Ruth. She told me afterwards that his finger stopped about an inch from her nose. If I had seen it starting I probably would have interposed. But I was at the other end of this sign and wasn't looking immediately at her that instant. This man was at least a head taller than Ruth and probably outweighed her at least 50 lbs. After the motorcade passed, both sets of demonstrators disbanded. Tomorrow is another demo day!

Such is the knowledge, persuasiveness, and behavior of Trump supporters.

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