Parade supporting President Donald Trump rolls through Fort Kent
FORT KENT, Maine — A vehicle procession celebrating President Donald Trump and Aroostook County Republicans seeking office in November rolled through Fort Kent on Saturday.
St. John Valley residents Sue Voisine and Glen Desjardins organized the procession of around 35 vehicles carrying Trump signs and United States flags.
“We love our country and we love our president,” Voisine said of why she organized the event.
The parade was met with some opposition and was ultimately called to a halt by Fort Kent police due to traffic issues.
Several people responded to the Trump supporters with chants of “Black Lives Matter,” and some unsavory hand gestures.
“We got the bird,” Voisine said on Saturday. “So much hate — they didn’t even know us.”
“We’re not here to pick a fight with anyone,” Desjardins added.
There was also plenty of goodwill from event bystanders, including thumbs up gestures and honking vehicles, according to attendee Greta Babin.
“To me there was more support than lack of support,” Babin said.
The event took place at the same time as a free hot dog roast and informational event organized by Aroostook County Republicans in downtown Fort Kent. The organization was not affiliated with the parade.
The election will take place Tuesday, Nov. 3, and Voisine said she is confident Trump will retain his presidency and many other republicans will be voted into office.
“I honestly think that it’s gonna be a landslide,” Voisine said. “I would not be surprised this year if Maine would turn red.”