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Kayaktivists strike back

Nautical protesters to target massive yacht of major Trump donor

The most delightful portmanteau of all time plans to strike Tuesday night in Seattle when a fleet of "Kayaktivists" will descend on a luxury yacht belonging to billionaire Robert Mercer, The Stranger reports.

In addition to funding Stephen Bannon, President Trump's campaign, and Breitbart media, Mercer has notably thrown his money at Sea Owl, a 203-foot $75-million vessel deemed a "clear symbol of oligarchic power" by The Stranger. To be fair:

It isn't entirely clear why Mercer's ship is docked in Seattle's Lake Union, only that it presents a thrilling opportunity for aquatic protest by small, organized watercraft. At 7 p.m. PT, the kayaktivists plan to gather around Sea Owl with "two large Chicken Dons" to criticize Mercer's support of "the racist alt-right agenda."

Kayaktivists are a uniquely Pacific Northwest form of protester, with the colorful floating hoards demonstrating against Shell's arctic drilling in Seattle and Portland in 2015.