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How these Colombian restaurant owners embraced a disabled Trump supporter 


It was a breezy and, at times, drizzling afternoon around 3:30 p.m. on March 3 when supporters of President Donald Trump  gathered on Bingham Island off Southern Boulevard waiting for Trump’s motorcade to drive by.  

Related: Trump’s fourth weekend drew supporters, protests

With “Make America Great Again” signs and American flags, the crowd was excited to get a glimpse of President Trump through the black-tinted windows of his limousine. However, one of the supporters, a disabled man from Boynton Beach, enthusiastically joined our Facebook Live.  

David John Armstrong, as he introduced himself, proudly hung a sign on top of his car with the words “Secure our Border.” At the same time, he shared with us and our Facebook Live audience that it was a family from South America who gave him a hand when he couldn’t find a job, after his mugshot was allegedly posted all over the Internet for driving without a license.   

“They took me in as one of their own. They love me and I love them back,” said Armstrong.  

The Colombian restaurant that hired Armstrong is Punto Latino in Royal Palm Beach. Colombian owners Sandra Rodriguez and Carlos Zamora opened the restaurant less than a year ago. And just three weeks ago, Armstrong stopped by asking for help.  

“He asked us to please employ him because nobody else would. He said he would do anything to better his life and that he was trying to, but people would discriminate against him because of his disability. We couldn’t say no,” said Rodriguez.  

The restaurant owner says Armstrong is a hard worker who comes in on time Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  He’s in charge of holding the restaurant’s sign outside from the sidewalk to bring in business. 

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“He gets paid hourly, and we also give him lunch and any drinks he wants to stay hydrated. Anyone who wants to work, deserves to work,” Rodriguez told The Palm Beach Post.  

For that reason, when Armstrong shows his support for Donald Trump, with his decked-out car serving as a political canvas, he also promotes Punto Latino by handing out the restaurant menu and taping it to his windshield so anyone walking by can see it.  

“I enjoy being an activist American,” Armstrong told The Palm Beach Post this afternoon. 

But don’t get too close to the car. There’s a warning in the back window: “No Trespassing. Violators will be prosecuted.” That’s not the only one. Tailgate and you’ll be reminded — in Armstrong’s own handwriting — to “!Slow Down! Asshole’s!!!!!!” 

Armstrong says that two people motivated him to change his life: Indian River County Deputy Garry Chambliss, who was killed last month in Gifford, and the President.  

“This man inspired me, and Donald Trump inspired me to get my lazy, fat ass off the couch, stop collecting disability and go back to work.”  

You can catch Armstrong’s car going back and forth from Boynton Beach to US 441 and Southern Boulevard. It’s not hard to miss: It features Trump flags, American flag stickers, a Thin Blue Line flag, an LGBT rainbow flag hanging from the back of his Chevy, a picture of a murdered police officer, a restaurant’s menu and more.


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