It looks like boaters in Rhode Island have decided to turn the blue state into a red state.
Typically Rhode Island has always been a Democratic State but on Sunday there was a sign that could change soon.
Thousands of Trump supporters flocked to see a pro-Trump boating parade that started at Colt State Park in Bristol Rhode Island.
A park ranger even said there were more people at the park than on Independence day.
Boaters for Trump are continuing to make a splash in this upcoming election and it’s wonderful to see!
Crowd of people watching from Colt State Park pic.twitter.com/YEeainLZmY
— Darren Botelho (@DarrenBotelho) August 23, 2020
— RIRepublicans.us (@RIRepublicans) August 24, 2020
Providence Journal covered the story and had these interesting details to share:
Terry and Joe Lorenz of Portsmouth stood close to the water’s edge at Colt State Park on Sunday afternoon. Terry proudly held an enormous Trump flag, and the couple beamed as they watched the parade of boats, manysporting flags like the one Terry held.
“I feel emotional. I’m proud to be here,” Terry said. “I am a Republican and I’m proud to be a Republican.”
“I like [Trump’s] spirit, I like his patriotism,” Joe said.
Terry and Joe were two of the roughly 2,000 people, an estimate from Park Ranger Grayson Caron, who arrived at the state park waterfront Sunday to soak in the pro-Trump boat parade, organized by Laura Larrivee of Barrington.
“It was a greater turnout than Independence Day,” a historically crowded day at the park, Caron said. He noted officials there called off max capacity at the park and cars were allowed to park in typically prohibited areas because of the sheer volume of people funneling in.
A petty officer with Coast Guard Station Castle Hill estimated that around 300 boats participated in the parade.
Boaters who took part in the parade gathered at the Newport Pell Bridge at 11 a.m. and made their way to Bristol, where they rode by Colt State Park, an optimal vantage point for those who wanted to catch a glimpse. The boats arrived at the park around noon, and the parade ended in Warwick, a seaman with Coast Guard Station Castle Hill confirmed.
“It was chaotic for a little while [but] it was smooth,” Caron said. Over his radio, he heard of one potential assault that happened in the park around 12:15 p.m. He did not know the details.
The Department of Environmental Management’s Division of Law Enforcement Chief Dean Hoxsie said via text around 3:45 p.m. that no arrests were made at Colt State Park during the pro-Trump boat parade.
The last time a Republican President won the State of Rhode Island was in 1984 and it was won by Ronald Regan.
Trump could be able to make an upset if the boaters for Trump in Rhode Island is a sign of what’s to come in November.
Although the State of Rhode Island is usually blue on Sunday at least in the water it looked like a red state to the core.