A boat parade held in support of President TrumpDonald John TrumpWayfair refutes QAnon-like conspiracy theory that it's trafficking children Stone rails against US justice system in first TV interview since Trump commuted his sentence Federal appeals court rules Trump admin can't withhold federal grants from California sanctuary cities MORE in South Carolina over Memorial Day weekend drew hundreds of boaters and viewers. 

According to local CBS-affiliate WCSC, the event, dubbed the “MAGA” boat parade in reference to Trump’s “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan, was held in Charleston harbor Sunday. 

A Facebook page set up for the event had more than 700 people indicating they planned to attend the parade.


In footage of the event that has emerged online, scores of boaters, many of whom were not wearing masks, could be seen sailing with “Trump 2020” flags.

Some boaters also held signs that included phrases like, “If we followed rules, we’d still be British. Liberty is essential.”

The event comes as Trump has continued to field criticism from Democrats and some of the public in recent months for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, which data shows has infected more than 1.6 million in the U.S. alone and killed more than 98,000 people so far.

Though Trump didn’t note the death toll in the series of retweets and posts he shared over the weekend, many of which targeted Democrats, the president did express optimism about the country’s current direction in terms of the ongoing pandemic.

“Cases, numbers and deaths are going down all over the Country!” he wrote Sunday. 

He also took part of his afternoon on Memorial Day to boast of his administration’s response to the outbreak on Twitter.

“Great reviews on our handling of Covid 19, sometimes referred to as the China Virus. Ventilators, Testing, Medical Supply Distribution, we made a lot of Governors look very good - And got no credit for so doing. Most importantly, we helped a lot of great people!” he tweeted Monday afternoon.