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‘Trump Unity Bridge’ float comes to AZ Capitol

By: - August 19, 2019 12:46 pm

The so-called Trump Unity Bridge float briefly was positioned outside the Executive Tower at the Capitol on Aug. 19. Photo by Jim Small | Arizona Mirror

Workers near the Arizona Capitol were jarred Monday when a pro-Trump float blasting Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA” briefly posted up outside the Executive Tower, where Gov. Doug Ducey’s office is located.

The 50-foot long bridge, which includes pro-Trump slogans like “Build the Wall,” is the brainchild of a Michigan man named Rob Cortis, who has been driving around the country since late 2016 to support Trump and draw attention to the need for a wall between the United States and Mexico. Cortis has said on his website that he hopes the float will bring people together on issues including border security and health care.

Shortly after noon Monday, the trailer was parked at the end of Washington Street, where it dead-ends near 18th Avenue. Workers from surrounding offices and businesses began coming out of their workplaces in response to the loud music. Many of them took photos.

The noise also attracted the attention of the troopers at the nearby Arizona Capitol Police station. Two troopers were on the scene within minutes and they told Cortis he had to move the float. Within a few minutes, the float had relocated to the area near Wesley Bolin Plaza just east of the Capitol.

The float came to Phoenix from Southern California, where it was in Palm Springs Aug. 17 and La Quinta Aug. 18. It was last in Arizona in April, when it was seen in Tucson.

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Jim Small
Jim Small

Jim Small is a native Arizonan and has covered state government, policy and politics since 2004, with a focus on investigative and in-depth policy reporting, first as a reporter for the Arizona Capitol Times, then as editor of the paper and its prestigious sister publications. He has also served as the editor and executive director of the Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting.