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Anti-Trump Group Plans Miami Protest Against Trump Golf Trips, Federal Tax Cuts

April 17, 2017 - 7:00pm

An anti-Donald Trump group responsible for a “town hall” U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio skipped out on earlier this year is back with a vengeance, furious with President Donald Trump for slashing the federal budget all while taking pricey trips to golf in his hometown of Palm Beach.

Trump has frequently jetted to Palm Beach to golf at the Mar-a-Lago resort since he  took office in January, much to the chagrin of Democrats and liberal activist groups who say the president is spending more time golfing than governing.

Indivisible Miami is “tee’d off” over the matter and plans to fight back.

The group, composed mainly of grassroots activists in South Florida, plans to hold a rally protesting Trump’s “lavish” trips to Palm Beach to play golf in conjunctionwith slashing the federal budget, effectively cutting off funds to a slew of programs like Meals on Wheels and various nonprofits.

“Are you tee’d off that Trump, a self-declared billionaire, has taxpayers foot the bill for his expensive golf habit?” the group asked. 

The group will hold a march the morning of May 13 in Doral Central Park in western Miami Dade County. Protesters plan to walk nearly a mile away to Trump National Golf Course during the rally.

During the demonstration, Indivisible says it plans to to link proposed cuts in the federal budget to Trump's vacation expenditures, “conflicting business interests and promotion at the expense of taxpayer’s and our country’s well-being,” but offers no further details.

The group also plans to leave handwritten messages to the president on hundreds of golf balls which will be left at the golf course.

Indivisible will also leave some golf ball souvenirs to Sen. Rubio (whose office is across the street) and will send even more golf balls to members of Congress and the White House after the march.

“Our intent is to create a national campaign that uses golf balls to send our protest messages to our elected officials,” the group wrote.

Trump’s skinny federal budget threatens to scale back significantly on nonprofits and non-defense sectors like the Environmental Protection Agency. 

That, coupled with an extensive “vacation” schedule, has Indivisible Miami less than pleased with the president.

The group slammed Trump’s visits to his country club at Mar-a-Lago to “promote his business interests while [denying] needy citizens the right of every civilized democracy -- a safety net.”

According to a recent Washington Post analysis, Trump has spent one out of every five minutes as president in Palm Beach, where he routinely travels and meets with foreign dignitaries -- all while playing a few rounds of golf.

The Palm Beach Post reported last week that the president’s visits have cost local authorities nearly $4 million in protection costs. According to conservative group Judicial Watch, President Trump's visits to his Palm Beach resort likely cost the government around $1 million each. 

Thousands of protesters marched all the way to President Donald Trump's Winter White House in February to protest Trump's presidency, which has been riddled with controversy since it began in January. Around 3,000 protesters crammed onto the streets in Palm Beach at the time, many of them closed off by the Secret Service, to speak out against Trump's policies. 

Subsequent protests have not gathered as many attendees, but hundreds showed up at a rally in Palm Beach this weekend to demand Trump release his tax returns.

Trump recently returned from a visit to Palm Beach Sunday, where he spent Easter on the island.

No further trips are planned at this time. 

 

 

 

Reach reporter Allison Nielsen by email at allison@sunshinestatenews.com or follow her on Twitter: @AllisonNielsen

Comments

You will learn that Obama was not a government worker. He staffed his office with people who had a mind like Obama's. Decisions were made only by Obama because he wanted to show you how, and not depend on his staff to make the smallest of decisions. Obama is, was, and will be a criminal muslim socialist. Every decision that Obama made was never a mistake, but was designed to lower USA into a third rate country, and to make our defense so low that the USA could not defend its self in the time of invasion, nor to protect out allies around the World. President Trumps Miami trips are always working trips. Trump plays golf for business and during business reasons. On the other hand, Obama let the country go anyway it wanted, and when Obama played golf he just played golf. Obama destroyed American Freedoms and our Ideals...... all planned, no mistake was ever made by Obama. "OBAMA IS THE FIRST FAKE PRESIDENT" !!!!!!!! Please put this in history books in the future?

Hopefully someone and/or "agency" is taking pictures of these activist idiots at all their "bussed-in" events, and filing the photos for 'comparison" and later prosecution and incarceration of them (AND their supporters & enablers) when the "SHTF" later on ! For over five months this "idiot show" has been going on.....enough is enough,.. before people begin getting "hurt".... This is NOT "Ferguson" or "Baltimore" et.al., anymore..!

Anti-Trump marches have become tiresome, even to read about. Those protesting the President's use of his Palm Beach residence to conduct business truly are misinformed. Maybe you've never seen someone work 24/7. I've owned a mom and pop business and understand 24/7 work weeks. The idea that the President is languishing around Mar-a-Lago is sad and I blame the Sun Sentinel. Wait until Palm Beach posts it's profits and job statistics for the year to see just how much President Trump's decision to spend a good deal of time at the Southern White House benefits that town and Florida in general. If the Sun Sentinel was doing its job, they would tell the rest of the story. Trump's administration is carrying out the promise to rid Washington of fraud, waste and abuse of tax payer money. I'll bet the "Meals on Wheels" program, like so many other Federal programs, is being financed by another entity and doesn't need this particular funding program that is being discontinued. How about digging into google to find out the truth before getting so upset about Federal funding being discontinued. If you don't do that, you fall into that group of people who buy into the Liberal's mantra that paints all Conservatives as mean and not caring about those in need. Nothing could be further from the truth.

The "State of south Florida" is sounding better & better EVERY DAY (with the dividing line just north of Tampa).... Let the Liberal & Entitlement Classes in the State of "South Florida" consume each other....(That's what President Lyndon Johnson did in his "New Society"...)

Couldn't agree with you more. Us South Floridians are tired of caring the weight for the rest of the state. We do generate 70% of the states income. While North Florida gets to benefit off of our so called liberal ways. We might actually be able to set up for climate change. Instead we have a buffoon as governor that bans government employees from saying the word. North Florida would become really poor really quick and be considered the armpit of the south. Splitting states couldnt happen any faster and I'm sure much of south Florida feels the same way.

Dear "Voted yes on 2" (Like we couldn't figure THAT out, from your "high" Liberal rant): As to "splitting" the State,.. I'm glad you and south Florida "feel the same way"! I think it's "worth a shot"; and THAT "split" would be the only "benefit of your so-called liberal ways" that the State of Florida EVER received from you malcontent, misanthropes "always in search of handouts"..!

Unfortunately the north part of Florida knows a good thing when see one. And will never allow that to happen. Hypocritical degenerates like yourself would never vote it through, once you realize what it is you all will lose. So sit back, throw in a dip and go spit in a bucket. Let the south carry the weight like we always have and probably always will.

Why should the Feds fund wheels on meals? If you want to donate to wheels on meals you can. PBS you can. Planned parenthood you can and the list is large. These idiots need to find something to demonstrate that makes sense. Now they plan on littering President Trumps golf course, quick set up cameras and have the police in full force, the State of Florida needs volunteers to do work most Americans don't want to do like if caught littering, they can serve as volunteers with meals on wheels.

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