Trump Unity Bridge

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The "bridge" in Iowa City, August 2017

The Trump Unity Bridge, also known as the Presidential Trump Unity Bridge and Trump Mobile, [1] is a decorated float being driven by a Michigan resident throughout the United States, supporting the 45th President, Donald Trump. [2] [3] The float appeared at Trump's inauguration, the 2017 Women's March, and the Mother of All Rallies.

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Description

The Trump Unity Bridge at the Mother of All Rallies, in Washington, D.C., September 2017 WASHINGTON DC, SEPT 16 2017- The "Mother of All Rallies" event in support of Donald Trump draws a small group to the National Mall. (36432458724).jpg
The Trump Unity Bridge at the Mother of All Rallies, in Washington, D.C., September 2017
The trailer with the Washington Monument in the background, September 2017 WASHINGTON DC, SEPT 16 2017- The "Mother of All Rallies" event in support of Donald Trump draws a small group to the National Mall. (36455399003).jpg
The trailer with the Washington Monument in the background, September 2017

The bridge is 50 feet (15 m) long, over 13 feet (4.0 m) tall, and weighs approximately 9,000 pounds (4,100 kg). To make it road mobile, the bridge was attached to a legally registered motorcycle trailer. [4] It features American flags, signage including six-foot-tall letters spelling "Trump", a carved wooden eagle, and a replica of the Statue of Liberty. [5] [6] [7]

The signs on the bridge include sayings such as "All Lives Matter", "American Culture", "Drain the swamp", "Hire American", and "Secure America's borders". [5] [6]

History

Rob Cortis, a resident of Livonia, Michigan, has owned the bridge since 1985. [4] The bridge was stolen from Cortis' Farmington Hills property in December 2014 and recovered in Belleville. [8]

Cortis began driving the pro-Trump trailer in October 2016. [4] He drove 20,000 miles by January 2017, [9] and more than 40,000 miles by August 2017. [4] The float was vandalized in Alexandria, Virginia, en route to the Mother of All Rallies in Washington, D.C. [10] [11]

In March 2019, Cortis interrupted an interfaith vigil in downtown Cleveland, Ohio commemorating the victims of the Christchurch mosque shootings by driving the float past twice while playing loud music. [12]

On November 6, 2020, the float was impounded by Detroit Police for having an invalid license plate, and Cortis was taken into custody because of an outstanding warrant for a charge of disturbing the peace. Police warned him on Wednesday not to return to Detroit, but he did so anyway and was arrested. [13]

On September 22, 2021, the float was involved in a three-vehicle crash in Flint, Michigan. Cortis was driving an ambulance hauling the Unity Bridge back to his home from an event opposing high school mask mandates when he hit another vehicle and spun into a telephone pole. There were no major injuries and there was no damage to the float. [14]

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