Tens of thousands showed up for President Donald Trump’s rally in Orlando, Florida.
Many parked themselves out in the heat a full day before the event was even scheduled to begin.
Vice President Mike Pence introduced Trump at the rally saying America needs “four more years of President Donald Trump in the White House.” He praised Trump and the current administration for passing tax cuts, taking on border security and fighting the opioid crisis in America.
“Thanks to the leadership of Donald Trump, America is back and we are just getting started,” Pence said to the excited crowd.
Trump walked onto the stage with First Lady Melania Trump while Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA” played.
Mrs. Trump then stepped behind the microphone where she thanked the crowd for coming out to support her and her husband.
“I’m proud of all that my husband and his administration and our entire family have done on behalf of the American people in such a short time. He truly loves this country and will continue to work on your behalf,” Mrs. Trump said to the crowd of her husband.
After receiving uproarious cheers, Trump got behind the podium.
The president said they had “120,000 requests” of people wanting to attend the event.
“I’m thrilled to be back in my second home,” Trump said of being in Florida.
The president reminisced on first announcing he would run for president. He said his entering the presidential race started a “political movement” made up of “hard-working patriots” who “love their flag, love their children and who believe a nation must care for its own citizens first.”
Trump cited instances of success his administration has had taking on the political establishment, but he warned his supporters that “the swamp is fighting back.”
Trump later went after the “Russian hoax” that was the Mueller investigation. Trump said Democrats want a “do-over” despite the country currently being quite hard on Russia, a fact that flies in the face of “collusion” accusations.
“Nobody has been harder on Russia than Donald Trump,” the president said.
Trump warned at one point that if Democrats took the White House in 2020 then they would strip Americans of their “free speech” and use the law to go after those they disagree with. He used himself and Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh as examples of this.
Trump said he wants to see an “earthquake at the ballot box” because that’s all the left understands.
Not everyone was a fan of Trump’s reelection announcement. The Orlando Sentinel newspaper did their best to rain on everyone’s parade by releasing an issue that both called the Trump event the “mother of all rallies” and endorsed anyone but Trump for the presidency in 2020.
“Some readers will wonder how we could possibly eliminate a candidate so far before an election, and before knowing the identity of his opponent,” the Tuesday editorial said. “Because there’s no point pretending we would ever recommend that readers vote for Trump.”
It continued, “After 2 1/2 years we’ve seen enough. Enough of the chaos, the division, the schoolyard insults, the self-aggrandizement, the corruption, and especially the lies.”
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