Last week a Miami police officer was seen in full uniform wearing a “Trump 2020” mask at a polling place. This violated department policy and the Miami Police Department now says the issue is being “addressed immediately.”
When Steve Simeonidis, chairman of the Miami-Dade County Democratic party, saw Ubeda at the Government Center polling place, he shared a photo of him on social media and the picture was shared over and over again as people expressed their outrage and concern.
Simeonidis said the move was basically “city-funded voter intimidation” and he called for Ubeda’s suspension.
According to the Miami Herald, Ubeda “laughed it off” when Simeonidis asked him about the Trump mask.
This is city funded voter intimidation.
We are aware of the photograph being circulated of a Miami Police officer wearing a political mask in uniform. This behavior is unacceptable, a violation of departmental policy, and is being addressed immediately. pic.twitter.com/E3eO0IQh0f— Miami PD (@MiamiPD) October 20, 2020
Reactions were quick and harsh across Twitter:
Thank you for pointing this out.
If information in this tweet is accurate, it is unacceptable.
I will be forwarding this to @FrancisSuarez and making sure he sees it. https://t.co/HrzlFc2VWO— Ana Navarro-Cárdenas (@ananavarro) October 20, 2020
@CityofMiami Police Officer #DanielUbeda is breaking the law. Suspend him immediately and make it clear to all of your officers that anyone wearing election gear in or around a polling location will be suspended or fired. #Voterintimidation #Election2020 https://t.co/vY5ibuTqxG— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) October 20, 2020
The day Ubeda was spotted was the second day of early voting in Miami-Dade County. Long lines were rampant, like in many other areas of the country. As we know from previous elections, Florida is a crucial swing state with 29 electoral votes, and Trump and Biden are currently running tight against each other in the polls. In 2016, Trump won Florida by just barely over one percentage point.