In Slidell, Louisiana, dozens of boats festooned with flags bearing Trump's name as well as some bearing symbols of the Confederacy wound down the canals of Eden Isles. Residents on docks waved flags and called out "four more years" to the boats.
Michelle Hirstus, who was the boat parade's organizer shrugged off criticisms of Trump and, by extension, his supporters.
"I don't understand how people can say...we're racist," she said. "We don't care. We welcome everybody. You know, we're in the United States of America, and that's what it's all about. The red, white and blue."
The president's supporters who participated in the political flotilla on Saturday (September 12) also told Reuters his handling of economic and border security issues compelled their support.
- We're really not against anybody. You know, we say this is a Trump parade. It is. But it's also to celebrate America. It's to celebrate our first responders.
It's celebration. It's not a protest. It's not anything like that. It's a celebration. And I think that's the big difference.
And I don't-- I don't understand how people can say, you know, that, you know, we're racist, we're this, we're that, we're that. We don't care. We welcome everybody. You know, we're in the United States of America, and that's what it's all about, the red, white, and blue.
- I support him for what he does for the economy and everything he's done for United States against China, everything. Finally get somebody to stand up against China.
[INAUDIBLE] you want me to speak to you?
One more year!
There you go.
One more year!
(SINGING) Oh, my red, white, and blue.