One of the leaders of a protest this weekend in Palm Beach County,demanding President Donald Trumprelease his income tax returns, scoffed Monday at tweets by the president suggesting operatives bankrolled the march.
On Saturday, Trump – who was at his Mar-a-Lago club for the seventh of 13 weekends he’s been in office – detoured around a demonstration that took place on both sides of the Intracoastal Waterway.
While Trump didn’t encounter the protesters, he did tweet about them on Sunday, saying “I did what was an almost an (sic) impossible thing to do for a Republican-easily won the Electoral College! Now Tax Returns are brought up again?” And later, “Someone should look into who paid for the small organized rallies yesterday. The election is over.”
The tweets don’t specify whether they refer specifically to the Palm Beach County protests or other “tax marches” held nationwide to coincide with the traditional April 15 deadline for filing federal income taxes, though this year’s deadline is Tuesday.
No one paid for Saturday’s march except the marchers themselves, local organizer Alex Newell Taylor insisted Monday.
“There’s nothing to fund,” said Taylor. “It’s just people who show up with handmade signs.”
Taylor said her group spreads the word via Facebook and email and doesn’t print or mail flyers or use web pages such as Craigslist to recruit people.
She said she and colleague Star Fae, who started organizing women’s marches the day after Trump’s Jan. 20 inauguration, don’t need to recruit.
“I have 1,500 members in my local chapter, Star has 5,000 in hers. We have 27,000 members of Woman’s March Florida,” she said. “We don’t need to use Craigslist.”
Taylor did say her group printed and sold a few dozen T-shirts and raised about $200; it used half to buy pizza for a training session for march “marshals” and donated the rest to Emergency Medical Assistance, a local group that provides reproductive medical help.
“Our protests are funded purely by the people’s disapproval of his (Trump’s) presidency,” Taylor said. “And that’s all we need.”
She also said one participant provided bottled water and first aid with his own money.
The Palm Beach County Tea Party, meanwhile, plans a rally at 4 p.m. Tuesday to support Trump’s tax reforms. A flier urged people to come to PGA Boulevard and Military Trail in Palm Beach Gardens from 4-6 p.m. and urged them to bring signs but said the party also would have signs. Tea Party representatives couldn’t be reached Monday afternoon.
The West Palm Beach demonstration on Saturday marched from Trump Plaza in downtown West Palm Beach and along the lakefront Flagler Drive and over to Palm Beach.
After spending about 4½ hours at his nearby Trump International Golf Club, just outside West Palm Beach, the president returned to Mar-a-Lago not via the customary route along Southern Boulevard, where some 700 protesters chanted and waved signs on Bingham Island, but instead by traveling north and east and then south down Ocean Boulevard.
Taylor, the Saturday protest organizer, moved to Palm Beach County from Southern California in September and works for a small non-profit group she did not identify. She said her group will continue to organize marches.
“I have better things to do with my time” than respond to Trump’s tweets, Taylor said. “He’s not reading it anyway.”