As hundreds of thousands of Americans take to the streets of Washington, D.C. to march against gun violence, Trump will spend the weekend in Palm Beach, hiding out at his luxury Mar-a-Lago resort.
But if Trump was hoping to find a safe space by fleeing D.C., he’s about to find out that he was sorely mistaken.
At least 2,000 people are expected to turn out Saturday afternoon for a March for Our Lives event in West Palm Beach, joining over a million people at more than 800 marches nationwide.
The participants plan to march along Southern Boulevard toward Mar-a-Lago, taking the same route used by Trump’s motorcade to transport him to and from the golf course.
According to press reports, Trump arrived at Trump International Golf Club just after 10 a.m. on Saturday.
Per pool, Trump has arrived at Trump International Golf Club in FL.
This is Trump’s 102nd day at a Trump golf club as president.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) March 24, 2018
When he leaves, thousands of protesters will be waiting to greet him — and they’re coming prepared to make sure he hears their message.
“They will have bullhorns. They are going to do everything they can to make their voices heard,” said local resident Michelle Kendall, who helped secure permits for the event.
“He may not like to hear what we have to say,” said Valerie Rangel, the 17-year-old student who organized the march. “I think he’ll get a really angry response from the crowd because a lot of people are angry that he allows groups like the NRA (National Rifle Association) to hold our lives hostage.”
But according to the Palm Beach Post, Trump doesn’t have many options for avoiding the activists.
Last year, his motorcade bypassed several hundred protesters by taking a different route to travel from his golf course to his resort. But that route is expected to be blocked by a crowd of several thousand people attending a separate event in West Palm Beach.
“You can run from the students in Washington,” said Florida Democratic Party chairwoman Terrie Rizzo, “but you can’t hide from us in Florida. We’ll see you at Mar-a-lago on Saturday.”
Meanwhile, in nearby Parkland — where 17 students and teachers were gunned down last month at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School — an estimated 30,000 people are expected to take part in one of the largest marches in the state.
The largest protest, however, is expected at the ballot box, where millions of Americans will get the chance to express themselves by voting out the politicians who answered their calls for action with silence.