MELBOURNE — Gene Huber, the 47-year-old man singled out by President Donald Trump at a rally in Melbourne last night, is a Boynton Beach former nurse’s aide who once was arrested for DUI and sued by his credit card company after he lost his job, Gossip Extra has learned.
But unlike the man he obviously idolizes, used car salesman Huber appears to have tried to do right by the system — and could be representative of those honest Americans who voted for Trump out of desperation.
With social media savaging Huber this morning, Gossip Extra discovered the human side of the man thrown into the limelight by the clown king.
We found a heart-wrenching, heart-felt letter Huber once wrote to the Palm Beach County judge who presided over the lawsuit that Bank of America slapped on him.
It’s the type of letter that shows Huber is a much better man than Trump, the only president in history who repeatedly filed for bankruptcy to avoid paying his bills.
Here is an excerpt of Huber’s letter:
Huber made news when Trump ordered his U.S. Secret Service minders visibly uncomfortable last night when he interrupted his speech and told Huber to hop on stage.
As the agents debated whether letting Huber through, Trump told audience Huber had lined up at 4 a.m. for the 5 p.m. rally and saw him being interviewed in TV while flying Air Force One from PBIA to Melbourne.
“A star is born,” Trump said.
Huber got the microphone and said: “Mr. President, thank you, sir. We the people, our movement is the reason why our president of the United States is standing here in front of us today. When President Trump during the election promised all these things that he was going to do for us, I knew he was going to do this for us.”
But Huber got really weird after the rally when CNN put him on live. He actually admitted to saluting a cardboard cutout of Trump every day at his home in the Citrus Park development of Boynton Beach.
So, while the rest of West Palm Beach’s corporate press fawned all over Huber, Gossip Extra checked him out.
— In December 2001, Huber got popped for DUI, according to Palm Beach County records. While details are scant, records show he was found guilty by a court in 2002. Another charge of reckless driving leveled against Huber for the same incident was not prosecuted. Huber was sentenced to one years probation and his driving privileges were suspended for six months. He also had to complete 50 hours of community service.
— In 2014, middle-class dweller Huber was sued by the huge Bank of America when he failed to pay for a credit card he ran up while unemployed. Total debt: $11,500, plus $350 in legal costs. By August, however, Huber started paying the card as he’d promised in the letter above, and the case was dismissed.
Like millions in South Florida, Huber is a home owner. Records show he and his wife Catherine own their own home, a pretty little crib bought for $160,000 since 2001.
They’ve religiously paid for their property taxes through thick and thin.
We called Huber on his cell but he has yet to call back.