Politics

Delray Mayor Dresses as Donald Trump, Proposes Building a Wall at Boca Border

Delray Beach Mayor Cary Glickstein made an entrance at Tuesday night's commission meeting. He was wearing a shaggy blond wig and a red cap that read "Make America Great Again" — except "America" had been crossed out and "Delray" had been scribbled above it. The audience chuckled and snapped photos.

Glickstein didn't break character. He politely asked everyone to take a seat and settle down because he had an "important announcement."

"We are going to make Delray great again," Glickstein declared from the dais, "and we're going to build a wall, and we are going to make Boca pay for it."

The room burst out laughing.

Of course, Glickstein was only joking. He tells New Times that he's actually a Democrat and voting for Hillary Clinton. The Donald Trump impersonation was just theater. It was the day after Halloween, the mayor explained, and he had lost a bet with a Republican family member: If the Cubs lost game 4 of the World Series, Glickstein would dress as Trump. If they had won, his relative would've dressed as Clinton.


Knowing that everyone is so tired of the election, Glickstein figured he'd lighten up the city commission meeting with his performance and poke fun at the city's friendly rivalry with Boca Raton.

"These kind of meetings need a little levity," Glickstein says. "Besides, everyone is so sick of [the election]. If you can't laugh at it, then you really get sick of it all."

Wearing a Trump costume wasn't easy, though.

"I felt like I was wearing a dead raccoon on my head," he says. "I couldn't take it much longer."
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Jess Swanson is a staff writer at New Times. Born and raised in Miami, she graduated from the University of Miami’s School of Communication and wrote briefly for the student newspaper until realizing her true calling: pissing off fraternity brothers by reporting about their parties on her crime blog. Especially gifted in jumping rope and solving Rubik’s cubes, she also holds the title for longest stint as an unpaid intern in New Times history. She left the Magic City for New York to earn her master’s degree from Columbia University School of Journalism, where she spent a year profiling circumcised men who were trying to regrow their foreskins for a story that ultimately won the John Horgan Award for Critical Science Journalism. Terrified by pizza rats and arctic temperatures, she quickly returned to her natural habitat.
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