A Florida man on Wednesday commissioned a plane to pull a sky banner with the message "Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha" and fly over Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago home as supporters of the former president rallied outside to protest this week's FBI search of the home.
Miami resident Thomas Kennedy told USA TODAY on Thursday that he and a handful of friends paid $1,800 to fly the banner for four hours Wednesday near Trump's estate in Palm Beach.
"We thought it would be funny," said Kennedy, a self-professed Trump critic and Democratic activist. "From our perspective, Trump is a bully, and we wanted to give him a taste of his own medicine."
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"We got a little message flying over Mar-a-Lago for Trump and the losers gathered there," he posted on Twitter as the plane soared above him.
Kennedy, 31, said the message was for both Trump and his supporters who had gathered near the estate for a third day this week.
"My message to them would be do something better with your time," said Kennedy, a Democratic National Committee member. "I would do it again. One hundred percent."
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Here is video of our banner saying HAHAHA flying over Mar-a-Lago today. This is how you treat wannabe authoritarians like Trump. You ridicule and mock them. pic.twitter.com/gFqndjMSUv
— Thomas Kennedy (@tomaskenn) August 11, 2022
On Monday, agents searched Trump's residence and his safe in what sources familiar with the matter have told USA TODAY is an investigation related to Trump's removal of classified documents from the White House when he left office.
Officials said Trump stored the records at Mar-a-Lago for up to a year, a potentially serious violation of the law if the records were classified.
Trump has denounced the investigation, saying he was entitled to take the records, and called the action part of a "witch hunt."
Natalie Neysa Alund covers trending news for USA TODAY. Reach her at email@example.com and follow her on Twitter @nataliealund.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Florida man mocks Trump, flying ‘Ha Ha Ha' banner over Mar-a-Lago home