Donald Trump likes to point to his nautically-oriented supporters as a key component in the “silent majority” of Republican voters that he believes will propel him to victory in the November presidential elections.
The intelligence of those MAGA-hatted fanatics who have organized boat parades brandishing Trump banners and loudly and proudly advertising their political persuasions was called into further question today with the news of a maritime mishap at a Trump boat rally at Lake Travis near Austin, Texas.
According to the CBS news affiliate in Austin:
“Multiple 911 calls have been made regarding boats being in distress, some sinking at the ‘Trump Boat Parade’ scheduled for Saturday afternoon on Lake Travis, according to the Travis County Sheriff’s Office. TCSO confirmed with CBS Austin that multiple boats have been sinking and are in distress,” the station reported.
Apparently, this wasn’t just an issue with a single unseaworthy ship as multiple reports of vessels in distress were received by the local officials.
“The sheriff’s office says calls have been made about boats along the entire route of the parade, some of the locations include: Paradise Cove, Emerald Point and West Beach,” the local CBS report added.
TCSO responded to multiple calls involving boats in distress during the Trump parade on Lake Travis. Several boats did sink.
— Travis County SO (@TravisCoSheriff) September 5, 2020
Scenes of the nautical nightmare were posted to Twitter this afternoon. along with the schadenfreude-filled responses from amused opponents of the president’s re-election campaign.
Looks like Poseidon rose from the deep to rip that flag off their boat. pic.twitter.com/nWBNps2mgQ
— Lise' Slocumb (@Claralee221) September 5, 2020
Aquantifa strikes again
— Joe Ellis (@NYBARCHEF) September 5, 2020
Siri show me a metaphor for the Trump campaign https://t.co/dW7UGUHEfl
— Thor Benson (@thor_benson) September 5, 2020
Several boats have sunk on Lake Travis in Austin because they were being “unruly” and not following the rules, according to EMS. A bunch of people are having to be rescued. Guess what these people are doing? A trump rally boat parade 😐
— Jess. (@jessicarevils) September 5, 2020
“Let’s now go live to Lake Travis. Scene of today’s Trump boat parade…” pic.twitter.com/kNvJsp6sJC
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@TheRealHoarse) September 5, 2020
“Hello, I’d like to report an excessively on-the-nose metaphor in progress.” https://t.co/526kJJixZY
— Josh Barro (@jbarro) September 5, 2020
Everybody at the Lake Travis boat parade right now pic.twitter.com/gEBPgmJAlL
— ✨💕 (@erinnneliz) September 5, 2020
Here are more updates with more sunken boats. It just keeps on coming. pic.twitter.com/DJePQSKnDH
— Ky Krebs 🎤🏳️🌈 (@kykrebs) September 5, 2020
Okay, who gave Antifa the nuclear submarines? Fess up https://t.co/LJkhQM0n0v
— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) September 5, 2020
Lake Travis Trump Boat Parade: just working class Americans in $300k boats and with four helicopters…
Taken from my balcony pic.twitter.com/jfEQ4jpGgJ
— Brandy (@votecumby) September 5, 2020
The overwhelming metaphor of the Trump rally ships facing the same crash to the bottom of the sea that the president’s campaign is likely to face in November was. not lost on these canny progressive Twitter commentators.
Let’s all unite to give Trump’s candidacy the anchor it deserves.
Original reporting by Bob Brigham at RawStory.
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