Supporters of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump continue to gather in front of the West Palm Beach, Florida, supervisor of elections’ office and shout at Hillary Clinton supporters and voters through bullhorns as they use the early voting location, videos show. “How many Syrian refugees, Muslim refugees, are you taking into your home?” yelled one Trump supporter in a video filmed Sunday afternoon at Clinton supporters across a parking lot. Later she said, “You hypocrites! Separate the people! Over here we have the LGBT, over here we have the blacks, and then over here we have the Hispanics. But I’m going to tell you something, the hard working American people that served in the armed forces support Donald Trump!” Therese Barbera, spokeswoman for the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s office, said by email that the sheriff’s office “was not aware” of the incidents in the videos until Electionland called for a statement but that “from what we reviewed we do not believe there are any violations occurring. As far as voter intimidation, we did not observe any infractions in the video,” she added. “Please remember that there are First Amendment privileges being afforded here as long as they don’t violate the law.”
The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, which fields complaints about elections, received a call last Wednesday afternoon about Trump supporters breaching the 100-foot electioneering line mandated by Florida law, and using a bullhorn to scream at voters at the elections headquarters in West Palm Beach.
Christopher Moore, who voted at this location on that day, said the Trump supporters were “behaving like soccer hooligans.”
“They would run 10 or 15 feet past the clearly marked electioneering line, as if they were trying to test it,” he said, adding that he could hear them shouting at individual voters in line and could hear the bullhorn inside the polling location. Multiple people in line complained about their behavior, he added. “I’ve been living in Palm Beach County and voting in Palm Beach County for 12 years, and this is the first time I’ve seen this sort of overt attempts at voter intimidation,” he said.