Baltimore Clean-up activist hits Big Island

  • Conservative activist and Baltimore Clean-up organizer Scott Presler talks with a man during a community cleanup in Baltimore. (Photo courtesy / Baltimore Sun)

KAILUA-KONA — Conservative activist and Baltimore Clean-up organizer Scott Presler is coming to Hawaii Island to speak in support of President Trump and what can be done in the local community by ordinary citizens.

Presler is working to get more people registered to vote and will be sharing his methods of getting more people to fulfill their civic duties on Hawaii Island.

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Presler has been featured on Fox News and other news outlets telling his story of how he and other citizens decided to do more than just complain about the garbage build-up in Baltimore’s homeless areas, but to actually pitch in and clean it up.

The relatively unknown activist burst onto the national scene after the Baltimore cleanup, inspired by President Trump’s tweet that parts of the city were “disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess.”

That tweet prompted harsh criticism for the president that said Trump’s words were further examples of him dividing an already fractured nation. Presler, though, enlisted volunteers from around the country and cleaned up 29 tons of trash from the streets. He then hit Los Angeles where 50 tons of waste were hauled away from homeless encampments.

And now he’s on his way to the Big Island to spread his message.

Sponsored by the Hawaii Republican Committee, Presler will give talks in Hilo on Thursday, and in Waimea and Kona on Saturday. The event kicks off the Trump 2020 “Help Restore Paradise” campaign.

“He believes in President Trump and wants to share his message,” said Jeffrey Coakley, of the Big Island Republicans.

Coakley said Presler’s message also stresses community involvement.

“He’ll be talking about what he’s done and encourage us to get involved in our community,” he said.

In the 2018 General Election, 51.5 percent of the 115,406 registered voters voted on Hawaii Island.

The Waimea event is at the Mana Christian Ohana (next to the Kahilu Theatre) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with the Kona event following at the Kona Educational Center, Seymour Botanical Gardens from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Both venues will feature a spaghetti/beef stew meal. Tickets are $10 for the meal, however Coakley said the events in West Hawaii are free to anyone who would like to listen to Presler’s message and learn how to register new voters.

The Hilo event will be held at Nani Mau Gardens from 6-8:30 p.m. Suggested donation to that event is $25.

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Tickets are available at eventbrite.com.

For more information visit Big Island Republicans Facebook page or contact Coakley at 443 8687.

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