Hundreds of boats form pro-Trump flotilla on St. Croix River

Crystal Bui
Updated: September 05, 2020 06:34 PM
Created: September 05, 2020 05:45 PM

Hundreds of boats cruised the St. Croix River on Saturday. It was part of a national movement showing support for President Trump. The parade went up the St. Croix River, from Prescott, Wisconsin to Stillwater, Minnesota.

From the air, Chopper 5 captured hundreds of boats and more than a thousand in the crowd cheering on those waving campaign flags.

Security was heightened. Law enforcement oversaw the Highway 36 bridge, and Washington County sheriff's deputies and Department of Natural Resources conservation officers were out patrolling the water by the Stillwater Lift Bridge. 

The Washington County Sheriff's Office told KSTP said they had no issues at the rally.

"In all honesty, I wasn't worried," said Adam Matakis, one of the event's organizers. "There was a bunch of messages sent to us saying this, and this, and this, was going to happen, and they're going to be dropping Molotov cocktails off bridges and you go on a bridge and start throwing stuff. Look at all the cameras, all of the people are around."

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At least one flag supported former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee.

Others were happy to see the hundreds of people come out to show support to President Trump. 

“Honestly, USA,” Trump supporter Emily Jackson said. “Land of the free, say what you want. Come on out! But respect those that have this opinion as well. I think it's awesome. I love it — it's so good.”

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