A Gulf Breeze woman, inspired by the work of President Donald Trump and two individuals who have become activists, took her own step to help keep him in office.
Mally Hartenstein organized a group of Trump supporters to paint a mural Sunday on Graffiti Bridge in Pensacola, located along 17th Avenue.
They pulled it off despite rain, which sabotaged their original plan of projecting art on a freshly painted white bridge. The mural is a tribute to Trump, as well as Scott Presler and Brandon Straka, both of whom have made a name for themselves nationally as former liberals turned Trump supporters.
“Florida is a battleground state,” said Hartenstein, a local photographer. “It’s a big deal. I’m just trying to do everything I can before the clock runs out.
“It was so nice to see the community come out,” she added.
She primarily promoted the event by handing out 800 tiny flyers at the Trump rally in Pensacola last week.
“The plan was to paint everything white the night before,” she said. “Then turn on a projector light, trace it almost like a coloring book. Have the community come out and paint the next day. It rained. It was a hot mess.”
But local artist, Denise Lukas, came out and saved the day.
The mural features Trump standing next to a long list of his accomplishments. The theme is “A rising tide lifts all boats,” which the President has used to explain his economic strategy. Above the list is a boat with Straka and Presler in it.
Straka is known for his #WalkAway video, which gave birth to the movement that “encourages and supports those on the Left to walk away from the divisive tenets endorsed and mandated by the Democratic Party of today,” according to the movement’s website.
Presler is known for his “Movement of Love,” which involves clean-up operations in Democrat-run cities. The mural also highlights the first and second amendments, as well as women’s oppression such as the mandatory wearing of burkas in other countries.
“We had so much fun putting together this mural that we have decided to do one more,” she said. “It will be slightly less adventurous this time but just as much fun so come out and join us Monday afternoon from 2 to 7 (p.m.) at Graffiti Bridge.
“As always, everyone with good intentions welcomed!”