Former President Donald Trump was greeted by a crowd of supporters in South Florida on Wednesday, after leaving the White House as the commander-in-chief.
Video footage showed scores of Trump supporters lining the streets as Trump’s motorcade traveled from the airport to his Mar-a-Lago resort.
“We just wanted to show him how much we appreciate him,” Anita Bargas, who traveled from Texas, told WLPG.
“For the most part, it’s just a somber but at the same time celebratory moment for us to welcome him back home,” Trump supporter Iam Hedendal added.
“We want to show him he’s not alone,” Daniel Rakus, a 65-year-old Palm Beach resident, told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “He did a great job. We support him.’”
“President Trump knows we had his back from the very beginning, and he proved that he had our back.”
Lisa Beche, 53, a Boca Raton resident, added, “He is one of the best.” She gave high marks to his presidency. “For four years, we were listened to. We were heard.”
Trump waved to people as the procession of vehicles moved slowly by the crowd. The pro-Trump crowd stretched a couple of miles before the bridge onto Palm Beach Island. It was two or three deep in places.
Signs held by supporters included “Praying 4 Trump” and “Trump 4 ever my president.” One sign congratulated Tiffany Trump on her recent engagement. Signs from protesters included “You’re Fired” and “Firefighters for Biden.”
Trump joined his wife, Melania Trump, and his children, Ivanka, Donald Jr., Eric, Tiffany, and Barron, on the Air Force One flight from Maryland to Florida. Trump administration officials Dan Scavino and Jason Miller were on board as well. The flight touched down at 10:54 a.m. at Palm Beach International Airport.
Trump broke tradition by departing Washington, D.C., before his successor was sworn in but wished the Biden administration “great luck and great success.”
Trump left a letter to Biden, which Biden described later as “very generous.”
Trump told supporters in Maryland that “we will be back in some form.” Advisers have suggested he’ll get involved in the 2022 midterm races and could run for president again in 2024.