U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel will join a group of Democratic congresswomen in wearing white — a show of support for women’s rights — to President Donald Trump’s first address before a joint session of Congress.
The move by the House Democratic Women’s Working Group, for which Frankel serves as chair, mirrors a similar demonstration from Trump’s inaugural, when Frankel and several other Democrats wore pink. White was chosen because it was the official color of the suffragette movement, the group said in a news release.
“We wear white to unite against any attempts by the Trump Administration to roll back the incredible progress women have made in the last century, and we will continue to support the advancement of all women. We will not go back,” said Frankel, whose District 21 is composed of much of central and southern Palm Beach County, including Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach.
MELBOURNE — The man President Donald Trumpsummoned from the crowd at his Saturday rally is a Boynton Beach car salesman who keeps a life-size cardboard cutout of Trump at his house and regularly praises Trump on social media.
Gene Huber, 47, became an instant political everyman celebrity Saturday when Trump spotted him in the crowd and, saying he recognized him from a TV interview, asked him to come on stage and speak to the estimated 9,000 people in a hangar at Orlando-Melbourne International Airport.
After Secret Service agents were told by the president to let him on stage, Huber bounded up and hugged the president, who encouraged him to say a few words.
“Mr. President, thank you, sir. We the people, our movement, is the reason why our president of the United States is standing in front of us today. When President Trump during the election promised all these things that he was going to do for us, I knew he was going to do this for us,” Huber said.
“A star is born,” Trump said as Huber left the stage and the crowd chanted “U.S.A! U.S.A!”
Huber had done TV interviews earlier Saturday proclaiming his support for Trump after showing up at 4 a.m. to be first in line for the 5 p.m. rally.
On Twitter, Huber’s profile picture shows him with a cardboard cutout of Trump.
“I’ve got a 6-foot cardboard box of President Trump in my house and I salute that every single day, and I pray and tell him ‘Mr. President, I prayed for your safety today.’ And I’m not lying. I do that every single day to the president, but its cardboard,” Huber told CNN in an interview after the rally.
CNN is often criticized by Trump and his supporters. At the end of his interview, Huber said: “I appreciate the interview, let’s just be a little, little nicer to our president.”
He also appeared this morning on Fox and Friends — and said he’s already hearing suggestions that his Saturday appearance with the president wasn’t genuine.
“I just want everyone to know this as well: I’m hearing from the left that this was planted, that President Trump made this to happen on purpose, like we set this up. No, it didn’t. It did not happen,” Huber said this morning on Fox and Friends.
“President Trump, I want to thank you so much for that opportunity that you did for me. That just shows us, we the people and our movement, that you care about us, the American people,” Huber said at the end of his interview.
The Democratic representative and former West Palm Beach mayor is slated to go to the rally after attending President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration on Friday, then co-hosting a breakfast Saturday morning to welcome Women’s March attendees from Florida.
Frankel spoke to The Palm Beach Post earlier this week about her participation and support for the rally, which organizers say could draw 200,000 people.
“We want to send a message to our new government on the first day in office that women’s rights are human rights, that we are standing together recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us,” Frankel said. “It is to be peaceful. That’s what our democracy should be about — making our voices heard, standing up for our safety, our rights, our families.”
Frankel said she thinks there is “a lot of fear” among women that the incoming administration could lead to women losing access to health care, including services provided by Planned Parenthood and benefits available under the Affordable Care Act.
“This is a productive way for people to channel their anxiety in a peaceful way with a strong message to not only the president-elect but to the Congress that will be there, that we are watching, that women are watching, that we are on our toes and we care very deeply about our country and our rights,” Frankel said.
From marching bands to dance groups, there are more 40 organizations composed of more than 8,000 people on the list, the committee said in a news release. No Palm Beach County groups are on the initial list, but one group slated to perform does include two Palm Beach County residents.
John Fischer of Delray Beach will play the bagpipes with the Coastal Florida Police & Fire Pipes & Drums, he told The Palm Beach Post earlier this month. J.T. Kavanagh of Delray Beach Fire Rescue also will perform with the group, playing the snare drum.
“I’m very patriotic and I love my country,” Fischer previously told The Post. “This is definitely a bucket-list item.”
Here’s the full list of groups set to perform in the parade. In addition to these groups, the committee said each branch of the military also will be represented.
• 1st Cavalry Division Horse Cavalry Detachment – Fort Hood, Texas
• 1st Infantry Commanding General’s Mounted Color – Ft. Riley, Kansas
• Boone County Elite 4-H Equestrian Drill Team – Burlington, Kentucky
• Caisson Platoon, Fort Myer – Fort Myer, Virginia
• Cleveland Police Mounted Unit – Cleveland, Ohio
• Coastal Florida Police & Fire Pipes & Drums – Palm Coast, Florida
• Columbus North High School Band – Columbus, Indiana
• Culver Academy Equestrian – Culver, Indiana
• First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
• Fishburne Military School Army JROTC Caissons Battalion – Fishburne, Virginia
• Frankfort High School Band – Ridgeley, West Virginia
• Franklin Regional High School Panther Marching Band – Murrysville, Pennsylvania
• Indianapolis Metro Police Motorcycle Drill Team – Indianapolis, Indiana
• Kids Overseas – Richmond Hill, Georgia
• Lil Wranglers – College Station, Texas
• Marist College Band – Poughkeepsie, New York
• Merced County Sheriff’s Posse – Hilmar, California
• Michigan Multi-Jurisdictional Mounted Police Drill Team & Color Guard – Ann Arbor, Michigan
• Mid America Cowgirls Rodeo Drill Team – New Buffalo, Michigan
• Nassau County Firefighters Pipes & Drums – East Meadow, New York
• North Carolina Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association – Hillsborough, North Carolina
• NYPD Emerald Society Pipes & Drums – East Moriches, New York
• Olivet Nazarene University – Bourbonnais, Illinois
• Palmetto Ridge High School Band – Naples, Florida
• Russellville High School Band – Russellville, Arkansas
• Talladega College Band – Talladega, Alabama
• Texas State University Strutters – San Marcos, Texas
• The Citadel Regimental Band & Pipes and Summerall Guards – Charleston, South Carolina
• The Freedom Riders – Kersey, Colorado
• Tragedy Assistance Marching Unit – Arlington, Virginia
• Tupelo High School Band – Tupelo, Mississippi
• University of Tennessee Marching Band – Knoxville, Tennessee
• VMI Corps of Cadets – Lexington, Virginia
• West Monroe High School Marching Band – West Monroe, Louisiana
• American Veterans – National
• Boy Scouts of America – National
• US Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations – National
• Disabled American Veterans – National
• US Border Patrol Pipes & Drums – National
• Wounded Warriors – National
Even not winning his re-election bid can’t keep former state Rep. Irv Slosberg out of Tallahassee.
Slosberg said Friday he will go to Florida’s Capitol to represent the Dori Slosberg Foundation — a nonprofit he founded after his daughter was killed in a violent car crash in Boca Raton 20 years ago — before the state Legislature.
Florida state law bans former legislators from representing another person, organization or business for compensation for two years following their departure from office. But Slosberg says he’s received the thumbs-up from the Florida Commission on Ethics, which can make exceptions to the law on a case-by-case basis.
Rep. KevinRader (D-Delray Beach) showed off some muscle when he met with The Palm Beach Post Editorial Board on Thursday to answer questions about his campaign for state Senate District 29.
When The Post’s board asked Rader why he thought State Rep. Irving Slosberg (D-Boca Raton) switched campaigns at the last minute, Rader said, “He was scared to run against me.”
And then he flexed his muscle.
“The only thing I can attribute that to is the strength and muscle of Kevin Rader scared Irv Slosberg out of the seat,” Rader said, lifting up his arm.
Here’s some background: Slosberg, who is now running for state Senate District 31, first opened a campaign against Rader in state Senate District 29 but switched at the last minute. Now Slosberg is running against State Sen. Jeff Clemens (D-Atlantis) and Emmanuel Morel, and Rader is running against Mindy Koch.
“That is such a stupid quote,” Slosberg said over the phone.
And it’s false, he added.
“My office is in District 31 and I probably represent more of District 31 than I do of 29. That’s the bottom line. I’ve been in my office there for six years. We’ve had like thousands of constituents come up.”
“When I looked at District 29, I’ve never been with people in the Glades. I’ve never represented people in Wellington. I’ve never represented the community in Coconut Creek, Wynmoor. I never represented Parkland. I never represented Coral Springs. At the end of the day, most of 29, I’ve never represented those people,” he said for why he made the last-minute decision to swap races.
Deutch, whose campaign estimated he could speak as early as 4:30 p.m., said he plans to talk about several topics including early voting and his family.
The speech will be about “the importance of this campaign to me as a son and a father,” he said, adding that this is the first year his twin daughters, 20 years old, and his son, 18, will be able to vote.
Deutch said the chance to speak on the final night of the convention is “an amazing opportunity,” and that when Hillary Clinton’s campaign called to ask if he would participate, “It was an easy yes.”
Deutch is running for re-election in Florida’s recently redrawn District 22, which includes Highland Beach, Boca Raton, Margate and Fort Lauderdale.
U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, said in a statement on his Facebook page that tomorrow, as Congress returns to Washington, D.C., he is going to call for closure of a loophole that allows people on the terror watchlist to purchase firearms.
“When violence strikes our community, we must stand together in solidarity with those whose lives have been forever changed – fifty families who now have a hole that will never be filled, and over fifty more whose injuries and trauma will affect them from this day forward. After the deadliest mass shooting in American history, I feel so deeply for these families, the city of #Orlando, our state of Florida, and our nation. I stand with the LGBT community this Pride month and whenever members of the community face violence, hatred or discrimination. And I am so grateful for the SWAT team, the police, paramedics and firefighters whose heroic actions saved lives.
“I offer sympathy, prayers and strength. I am sure we all do. But I’m also a Member of Congress, and thoughts and prayers alone are not a sufficient response. Tomorrow, upon our return to Washington, we will be briefed about terror threats and radical Islamic violence. We will strengthen our resolve to defeat ISIS. We will continue to fight terrorism here and around the world.
“But that’s not enough. We’re mourning the deadliest mass shooting, and the American people expect us to battle terrorism, stand with the LGBT community AND to address the gun violence epidemic that plagues the country. Silence is not an option.
“TOMORROW, when we return to Washington, we should have moment of silence for the victims – immediately followed by a vote to close the loophole that allows people on the terror watch list to buy assault rifles – or any weapon. This isn’t politics; it’s common sense.
“In the weeks to come, we should not be afraid to ask why, when an AR-15 assault rifle is the one thing that’s common to Orlando, San Bernardino and Newtown, we allow these deadly weapons to be freely available? And why every gun purchaser isn’t subject to a background check? And why the mental health crisis is’t urgently addressed?
“We must fight terrorism. And stand with the LGBT community. And do something to stem the horrific tide of gun violence.
Of more than 200 people, ages 10 to 14, who applied nationwide, 35 were picked, three of those in Florida. And Ben was the only one from South Florida.
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With his dad, attorney Bruce Schiller, serving as his go-fer, Benjamin worked the newsmakers; not just Scott but also presidential candidate and Ohio Gov. John Kasich and even journalism colleague Anderson Cooper of CNN.
Plus, last week he covered Hilary Clinton’s Super Tuesday rally, also in Miami.
“Wow. It’s Benjamin’s love. He’s been doing this for about two or three years now,” mom Julie Yates, also an attorney, said Friday morning from the Boca Raton law office she and husband Bruce share.
The last question Thursday night to Benjamin: how did the Kasich interview go?
“He said education, and that my future is safe with him,” Benjamin said. “And once I’m out of college, I’ll have a great job if he’s president.”
Benjamin’s said he’d be banging out an online article to run Friday or Saturday.
And, when pressed about who he might support for president, he gave the right answer:
There was a time, nearly a decade ago, when Charles Jacobson believed in Donald Trump.
That was before Jacobson spent $26,000 on a “Trump University” real estate course he says was nothing more than a scheme to make money off ordinary people hoping for tips from the celebrity mogul. That was before the bankruptcy and before a horrific medical diagnosis.
Now, Jacobson says the sound of Trump’s voice makes him “nauseous.”
Jacobson said he’s worried his story and the story of others who say they were victimized by Trump is emerging too late to stop him from becoming the Republican Party’s nominee and, eventually, president.