OB Rag Calls Out San Diego Media on Reports of ‘Thousands’ in Trump Boat Parade

by on September 8, 2020 · 19 comments

in Election, Ocean Beach, San Diego

Video grab from “Students for Trump” tweet.

Editordude: San Diego Bay suffered through the Trump Boat Parade #2 in on Sunday. Luckily, no boats were swamped here – but other Trump boat parades keep sinking other boats.

5 boats sank in Texas just recently. In mid-August, on the Willamette River just north of the Burnside Bridge in Portland, a small motorboat that was not involved with the boat parade capsized due to the many rocking wakes. On Sunday, a Trump parade in Wisconsin resulted in a docked boat capsizing. “The waves were probably four to five footers pounding my boat into the dock,” Keith Smith, an observer whose neighbor’s boat was capsized. “Boaters all know they’re responsible for their waves, but nobody cared. They just kept going and going and hooting and hollering. Luckily I didn’t slip and go off the side of the dock.”

Locally, the biggest-Trump media supporter, KUSI, predicted there would be 2,000 boats and 50,000 spectators.

Our reporter on the scene Sunday at San Diego Bay filed this post:

By John Michael Williams

I arrived onsite, east-facing Ullman St., and parked under the lone palm tree on the south side of the block, at 12:19PM. It was 93 degrees F according to my car, but haze still veiled the mountain backdrop of the cityscape and bay and bit of white cloud drifted overhead as seven piston-engine planes, in groups of five and two, overflew the bay and left contrails as they passed.

At first glance, it was obvious that this Parade would not replicate the previous one. For one thing, the organizers apparently didn’t ask everyone to show up at noon and get in line as must have happened before because, in Parade I, a knot of boats in very close proximity to each other maneuvered rail-to-rail along the northern edge of the bay heading toward the County building en masse. This time it appears the idea was simply to show up any time between noon and five and follow the same route.

So it was easy to catch up on the count; very few boats were moving along the route and only one was past the east end of Harbor Island, but the stream of sailors honoring the guy continued in steady dribbles of five or six at a time, and by 12:49, I’d stopped counting as the number rose above 350. From there, I packed it in and thought how good an idea the time change had been. It was a much more successful Parade in terms of sailors; there may have been 400 boats, which is a pretty good show.

However, due to the almost single file nature of the flow of boats, each boat or small group got it’s own two minutes of observation without fanfare as it began the route. The overall effect was a somber, sedate, quiet, funeral-like procession, with no boisterousness evident from the hillside; really quite unTrumplike in it’s way.

As previously reported regarding Boat I, ‘news’ outlets other than this one, save one, repeated apparently unexamined statements from the organizers, who, not surprisingly, exaggerated the number of boats parading.

On Parade I, CBS SkyRanger reported “dozens of boats” participated. Good for SkyRanger.

Last evening, Parade II was reported in glowing terms by our only local TV programmer sans any mention of the number of boats in the parade. Good for them, too.

Today’s digital SD Union-Tribune does not have a front page article on the parade.

However, regarding other suppliers to San Diego this was found in Google news today. Abbie Alford of the CBS News8 team filed her report Sunday:

SAN DIEGO — The Military Appreciation Channel hosted a President Trump Boat Parade on San Diego Bay near Naval Base Point Loma Sunday from midday into the evening. Thousands of boats took to the water Sunday in San Diego in support of the president. Many were decked out in Trump 2020 flags and red, white and blue.”

It’s a wonderful phrase and sounds really great, like the Greeks setting off for Troy to bring Helen back, and I can’t say it is false because I left, but I do doubt the accuracy of “thousands.”

Given that I quit counting before 1:00 p.m., when no more paraders appeared to be heading toward the start point, and that the event lasted until 5:00, many more boats than the 350+ I saw could have joined in during the unobserved time, but to hit the number reported by CBS8, at least 1,600 more boats would have had to have participated.

Finally, I can say that at the time this CBS8 info was first published, 12:44 PM, it was factually inaccurate that even a certain four hundred boats participated; there simply weren’t that many on the bay by that time.

Here’s a link to John’s report on the first boat parade.

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Peter from South O September 8, 2020 at 10:35 am

What an appropriate time to wear a “I don’t really care, do you?” jacket. These boat parades are just an excuse to avoid social distancing in a public way and to show the evil orange man that they will risk their health and the lives of those around them to praise him. Such a waste.


jmw September 8, 2020 at 10:55 pm

Peter, hey! Let us hope the guy simply goes down; his term has been a waste of opportunity in so many ways.


sealintheSelkirks September 8, 2020 at 11:28 am

My question being: was there anybody with a giant ‘F*CK TRUMP’ sign on the beaches? Or maybe ‘Seig Heil Min Furher’ perhaps?

Anybody else wonder why it always seem to be undercount the anti-Fascist protester numbers but extreme over-counts on the support for the dictator numbers? Oh wait, that’s self-explanatory after all! Article doesn’t say if any of those boats were flying those cute SS wolf’s angel flags that keep showing up in pro-trump street rallies…

And Peter from South O: They don’t need NO STINKING JACKETS! And they are NOT risking their health and lives because Trump says so! So there!

Did you see the medical card for people to sign refusing medical care if they catch SARS II CoV-19 that showed up online? They say:

To demonstrate my commitment to my freedoms and to compensate for the extra burden I am putting on the US medical system.

I hearby decline medical treatment for Covid-19 related medical conditions.

Then it has lines for witness signature/date and theirs.

Across the bottom it says to keep in your wallet with your license or insurance card, and to be sure your loved ones know to present it on your behalf if you are incapacitated.

It’s the opposite of the FTBAgency cards the covidiots are carrying to not wear masks… I copied the card and printed a few to hand out specifically to people carrying those cards. Funny that they didn’t seem to find any humor in them at all, and every one refused to fill it out (I offered to witness for them) and carry it. I got to see cognitive dissonance again on human faces. The gears in the brain jams. It’s SO weird to see it happen and I swear I can see the thoughts in their brains going:

IT’S ALL A HOAX…but I don’t want to not see a doctor if…IT’S ALL A HOAX…but but but click whir clank clank clunk…

Sure wasn’t much commitment for their dear leader, though. Ahahahahaha!

Oh, and more humor for you! Have you seen those Covid 19 Task Force ‘Collectable’ coins being sold in at whitehousegiftshop.com? OH MY HELL, you gotta go look!!! You might get a little URP of undigested food, though, when reading what is on them. Just a warning, dude…but it’s your patriotic duty to buy one!!



retired botanist September 8, 2020 at 3:33 pm

Hahaha, omg, commemorative coins?! Seriously, I had to go look that up. I’d better not be paying for it.
Just when you think this crowd can’t get any tackier…I’m surprised they aren’t selling ‘Task Force blood’ in little commemorative ampules from the be-knighted Task Farce team.


Peter from South O September 8, 2020 at 5:52 pm

Shhhhh! They might hear you.


jmw September 8, 2020 at 10:57 pm

The clan is reported to be planning a new retail outlet: Tacky-Is-Us; look for it online.


sealintheSelkirks September 8, 2020 at 12:37 pm


DUMBKIRK the movie ahahahahahahahahahahaha snort snicker giggle




Frank Gormlie September 8, 2020 at 1:08 pm

Please mi amigo don’t use all caps.


Peter from South O September 8, 2020 at 2:55 pm

stop shouting at me


sealintheSelkirks September 8, 2020 at 1:13 pm

I apologize but I was laughing and snorting too hard to pay attention.



Geoff Page September 8, 2020 at 1:41 pm

Thanks again to John for making the effort and exposing, again, the gross exaggerations about these events. I wonder if John’s count is even correct in that maybe some boats circled around and ran the route more than once. It would be pretty hard for anyone to remember 350 boats. Another thing I find amusing is that I have never read anything about t-rump being a boater himself but, if he was, he certainly would not be in the class of boaters John saw on San Diego bay.


jmw September 8, 2020 at 11:00 pm

Geoff, hi. True, it would be hard to recognize individual boats, but it isn’t feasible that any boats got back in line after making the circuit; they would have been obvious on what turned out to be a rather uncrowded bay.


Geoff Page September 9, 2020 at 11:58 am

Ok, thanks, John. I was hoping we could reduce the number even more, but your count was low enough, and honestly enough made, to challenge the news media “counts” making the point well.


Sam September 8, 2020 at 9:42 pm

I want to know where the flying Trump baby has been. Seems like a natural venue for an appearance!


jmw September 8, 2020 at 11:01 pm

Everybody, thanks for reading and commenting, and thinking. Let’s Dump Trump!


Progressive guru September 9, 2020 at 4:59 am

Oh my, Republicans who don’t care about the welfare of other Americans. Go figure. Just like Ronald Reagan’s non-response to GRIDS (gay-related immune deficiency, shortly thereafter called AIDS), where Reagan and others literally laughed about it when asked by reporters about what they were doing about it (nothing), a political party that is always against any raise in the minimum wage, because their lobbyists pays them to think this way, and want to keep the money for themselves, and more recently, Trump’s initial non-response to the COVID-19 pandemic, brushing it off, stating that it will simply magically go away once the weather gets warmer. Why are Republicans such selfish, greedy people? Then there’s the global warming deniers in the party. Why do they continuously ignore science? Must again, be greed.


jmw September 9, 2020 at 10:59 am

You’re right there: Republicans don’t show much sense of national community for all their hollering about “PATRIOTISM!”. They don’t seem to yearn for that middle place where everyone can get along.
Do you recall the Great Communicator as Governor Reagan? He offered the students at Berkeley a “bloodbath” if that was what they wanted. Great communication there.. At least so far, Don hasn’t suggested publicly that anyone be should shot, has he?


sealintheSelkirks September 9, 2020 at 11:28 am

Unless you want to count his ‘I could shoot somebody on 5th Ave and be re-elected’ comment, he’s only exhorted his sycophantic followers to beat people up at his rallies which they seem to happily go do.

On the other hand, Hillary’s comment about ‘can’t we just drone bomb Julian Assange?’ was right along the same line wouldn’t you say? And Assange is finding out what it was like to be in a Stalinist-style ‘trial’ at this very moment before he gets extradited to a US Gulag…

The wealthy political class of the duopoly we live under has never had a problem with killing those they didn’t like…



jmw September 10, 2020 at 8:25 am

Dude, always a joy to read your comments. You are right, the powers that are have never shied away from letting blood. Have a great day anyway.


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