What’s so funny overhead at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago? A Miami man tested supporters’ sense of humor

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As teams of FBI agents descended on Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home in Palm Beach, supporters of the former president turned out en masse to protest the federal action.

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One Miami man had a message for the protesters and apparently didn’t mind spending $1,800 to hire a company to fly a banner over the mansion with six words, two letters apiece.

“Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha.”

Over blue skies Wednesday, the banner flew overhead for a few hours, and lived on social media posts Thursday.

Thomas Kennedy, an organizer and member of the Democratic National Committee who lives in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami, told the Miami Herald: “We opted for the plane because it was a quick and easy way to get the message out in a dramatic manner that would catch a lot of attention.”

Kennedy, 31, also wanted someone else to get a gander at his “Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha” flyover.

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“We also wanted for Trump to see it and we figured this was the easiest way. There’s also a long-standing tradition in Florida of doing political messaging on these planes.”

FBI agents were at Mar-a-Lago on Monday looking for classified documents that Trump had allegedly taken with him when he left the White House.

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Trump and other GOP leaders, including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Sen. Marco Rubio, didn’t specifically point out Kennedy’s message as of Thursday, but blasted the FBI’s actions as those of a “Third World” act.

Reactions to Kennedy’s taunt included laughter and admonishment on his Twitter post.

“How magnificent would it be to keep this going until 2023?” read one.

“Not helpful. This is an extremely serious, volatile moment for the country. Anything done to create belief that this is a partisan, rather than legal and necessary, step is unwise and unhelpful,” read another.

Jestin Nevarez, left, a supporter of former President Donald Trump, holds a flag near Mar-a-Lago on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022, in Palm Beach, Fla. The FBI conducted a search of Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate on Monday.
Jestin Nevarez, left, a supporter of former President Donald Trump, holds a flag near Mar-a-Lago on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022, in Palm Beach, Fla. The FBI conducted a search of Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate on Monday.

As for Kennedy, “I thought the reaction was great!” he said in a message to the Miami Herald. “Some people thought it was great and some people were mad about it. I guess it depends on where in the political spectrum you are and, yes, you can absolutely change people’s minds even if entrenched but it takes a lot of patience, hard work, and meeting people where they are at.”

Changing the minds of supporters of Trump who were on the ground below might have been a goal too lofty for a punny banner.

“I don’t think our banner sought to do that,” Kennedy said. “It was just some lighthearted fun by ridiculing Trump and to an extent his most extremist supporters who gathered outside Mar-a-Lago to defend a disgraced, twice impeached, former reality TV host and insurrection enthusiast.”

The FBI raided Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach on Monday.
The FBI raided Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach on Monday.