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Trump protesters unveil “Wall of Shame” outside Doral fundraiser

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Bud Conlin stands behind a fence while holding a sign declaring, “Trump's Wall of Shame." He was protesting across the street from Trump National Doral Resort on Tuesday, July 26, 2016. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump was holding a fundraiser at the resort.
Bud Conlin stands behind a fence while holding a sign declaring, “Trump's Wall of Shame." He was protesting across the street from Trump National Doral Resort on Tuesday, July 26, 2016. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump was holding a fundraiser at the resort. lriely@miamiherald.com

Daniela Ferrera is not your typical Donald Trump protester.

Four months ago, the incoming Florida International University student was campaigning in the bed of Marco Rubio’s pickup truck and put up yard signs with Rubio’s brother-in-law. She cast her first-ever vote for Rubio in the March primary and worked for Gov. Rick Scott in the past.

“I was a big supporter of both of them but they chose party over country,” said Ferrera, 18. “I’m really disappointed in Rubio. I saw him as a reflection of myself.”

On Tuesday, Ferrera was dripping with sweat across the street from the Trump National Doral Resort, part of a group of activists unveiling a “Wall of Shame” outside a Trump fundraiser. The fundraiser was closed to the public.

The wall was intended to show Trump how much his plan to deport illegal immigrants and build a wall would cost: $166 billion, according to a recent estimate. On the wall were pictures of prominent Florida Republicans who have endorsed Trump including Rubio, Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi and GOP Hispanic spokeswoman Helen Aguirre Ferré.

The lead host of the fundraiser was Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus. Scott, Tallahassee lobbyist Brian Ballard, Big Sugar’s José “Pepe” Fanjul, FIU President Emeritus Modesto Maidique, state Rep. Carlos Trujillo, R-Fla., and Sunshine Gasoline Distributor’s Max Alvarez were co-hosts of the event.

Around 30 anti-Trump protesters were joined by five counter-protesters with signs that read “Hillary is KKK.” Neither group confronted the other.

"We're out here to support the Republican Party and show the earth that good people, black and white, are in unity,” pro-Trump activist Maurice Symonette said. “I know the Republicans are not racist.”

Other protesters brandished fake invoices intended for Trump and the fundraiser’s attendees, pointing out how Trump’s views on immigration would cost him the election in November.

“We are here to protest his hateful rhetoric and we’re going to give him a symbolic invoice charging him for the wall of hatred he has built in our community,” United Families activist and event organizer Maria Bilbao said. “We’re also here to protest his accomplices, all of the people who are [at Trump National Doral] to raise money for him.”

There were cardboard cutouts of Trump that proclaimed, “I’m dangerous for America.” Cars honked to support the protesters.

“He is not welcome in this beautiful, peaceful city of Miami,” Honduran activist Francisco Portillo said. “ And that's why I've come here to peacefully protest to send a clear message to Donald Trump that we do not agree with his anti-immigrant, hateful, racist position.”

Trump is back in Miami this week after a speech and meeting with Hispanic leaders at Versailles Restaurant were scuppered in the wake of the Dallas police shootings. The Republican presidential nominee will give a speech Wednesday on an undetermined topic at his Doral resort. The speech is not open to the public.

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