- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 9, 2017

A former Marine and avid kayaker from New York City has made a habit of trolling uber-liberal Manhattan by paddling the Hudson River with a prominent “Trump 2020” flag flapping in the wind.

Dion Cini, who describes himself as an “ultra-conservative,” told CNN that he kayaks along the Manhattan shoreline while displaying the “Keep America Great” flag just about every day. He said he’s gotten used to the verbal attacks hurled at him from the shore, passing boats and even rooftop bars.

“Sometimes you hear ‘I hope you get hit by a boat! I hope you drown!” Mr. Cini said. “From the top of their lungs as loud as they can. I get it all the time.”

“There’s so much fear of Trump in New York,” he said.

CNN video showed Mr. Cini giving thumbs up to passersby on the shore and receiving plenty of vitriol in return.

Donald Trump is a piece of s—!”, one man yelled.

“F— Trump!” another shouted.

Mr. Cini said he’s enjoyed the challenge and has no plans to stop.

“I’m out of goals,” he said. “I have nowhere else to go in the world. I don’t really want to climb Mt. Everest. I almost see this as climbing Mt. Everest. It’s one of the biggest challenges I’ve ever done in my life — knowing how many people do not like me in a small space and continue to survive.”

In an interview late last month with The New Yorker, Mr. Cini said he’s been paddling the Hudson with his flag every weekday since March, and will continue to do it until the 2020 election.

“The only thing that might change — and I doubt this will happen — but, if they do actually indict Trump and kick him out of office, I’ll just change it to a Pence flag and keep going,” he said.

“I’ve probably been seen by hundreds of thousands of people,” he said. “I know there are tourists, maybe even New Yorkers, who think there is not a single Trump supporter in this city. Well, now they know there’s at least one.”

President Trump, a fixture of New York City, only received about 10 percent of Manhattan’s vote, compared to Hillary Clinton’s 86 percent.


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