Weeks after saying he would run into the line of fire to save students, Trump refused to even ride past them.
After fleeing the White House to avoid facing the hundreds of thousands of Americans who took to the streets of D.C. to march against gun violence, Trump spent Saturday afternoon dodging student activists and protesters lining the roads near his Mar-a-Lago resort.
At least 2,000 people were expected to turn out Saturday afternoon for a March for Our Lives event scheduled just miles away from Trump’s luxury resort in West Palm Beach, Florida. The march took participants on the same route that Trump’s motorcade uses to transport him to and from the golf course — setting the stage for Trump to ride right past the activists as he departed Trump International Golf Course.
But instead of facing the protesters, Trump apparently took the “scenic route” home so he could avoid seeing the massive crowds that had gathered to protest his inaction on gun violence.
According to a pool report, “The motorcade traveled a different, longer route back to Mar-a-Lago.”
The White House did not provide an answer when asked why the motorcade had taken a different route. However, the pool report did note that “there have been reports of gun control protests in the area.”
Photos from the area show activists lining the roadside along the usual route, holding signs with slogans such as “Not one more!” and “Fund books, not bullets!”
Sun Sentinel reporter Anne Geggis estimated that 5,000 people took part in the march — more than twice as many participants as expected.
— joe capozzi (@jcapozzipbpost) March 24, 2018
Just weeks ago, Trump claimed that he would run into the line of fire to save students’ lives in a school shooting, even if he had to do it without a weapon.
Today, surrounded by armed guards, Trump was too much of a coward to even show his face to those very same students.
But unfortunately for Trump, he can’t hide forever. The students he went out of his way to ignore today will soon be old enough to vote — and you can be sure they’ll go out of their way to make their voices heard at the ballot box.