Mourners attending a vigil organized by Christians, Jews, and Muslims at Cleveland City Hall to remember the 50 people killed during a white nationalist terrorist attack at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, was interrupted Friday by a President Donald Trump supporter driving a “BUILD THE WALL” float.
Vigil attendees “looked on in disbelief as the float rolled past the memorial blaring music,” reports WIS-TV.
The driver, Robert Cortis of Michigan, then reportedly made a second pass as he played “God Bless America.”
Cortis told Cleveland 19 he was leaving the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame when he drove by city hall as the memorial was being held. He did not explain why he made a second pass to disrupt the event.
The news outlet notes that speakers, including Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, stayed on script and focused on the tragedy instead of the disruption.
Cortis was pictured in August 2018 standing with Donald Trump Jr. on his float at the headquarters of the La Quinta, California Republican Party.
The Islamic Center of Cleveland and Global Cleveland helped organize the vigil at Cleveland City Hall to help support those who were killed and injured, and to battle hate speech.
A 28-year-old Australian man, who wrote a 74-page manifesto filled with extremist propaganda which offered praise for President Donald Trump “as a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose,” was arrested and charged with murder. Two others are also in custody.