US President Donald Trump is about to officially launch his 2020 campaign in what he promised will be a "wild" appearance, in Orlando, Florida.
According to the presidential advisers, Trump will use his time on the stage to affirm that the first 2.5 years of his administration have concerned "the promises made" and "the promises kept". It is expected to indicate the strong American economy and the actions taken on issues such as taxes, military expenses and judicial appointments, Washington Post relationships.
Trump hopes to maintain his foothold in a state that delivered 29 electoral votes as he traveled to the White House in 2016. The president transported Florida by about a percentage point in 2016. Last year, the Republicans won races around the world for governor and US Senate there.
Orlando is at the center of the Interstate 4 corridor, which runs from Tampa to Daytona Beach, in the nation's largest swing state. Trump will be joined by first lady Melania Trump, vice president Mike Pence, several members of her family and the 2016 campaign staff.
The rally comes after both the leaked public poll polls led him to drag the main democratic rivals, including Joe Biden. The president judged the "fake" polls and insisted on "winning big" before three of the five pollsters – including a polling company previously owned by Kellyanne Conway, president's advisor and former campaign manager – were fired from his re-election campaign.
Trump said the launch of his campaign would be a "wild" political show.
"People have never seen anything like this (unless they play a guitar.) Go wild – I'll see you later," he wrote in a tweet.
Campaign consultants predict that Trump will try to link his first mandate to the goals he hopes to reach with another four years as president.
Some supporters began to line up Monday to participate in the event at the Amway Center, which is home to around 18,500 people.
Since then a turbulent crowd of thousands of supporters has gathered outside.
A cover band on a stage was playing southern rock standards like those of Lynyrd Skynyrd Sweet home Alabama. Sellers of blocks around the water sold and pins, hats and t-shirts with slogans including "Trump 2020" and "ICE ICE Baby". In the summer heat, some women wore "Make America Great Again" swimsuits.
For Mr. Trump, the Republican enthusiasm is at its peak. But the political event also attracts critics.
The protesters gathered in a nearby gay bar where a mariachi band and a drag queen will perform in what the organizers say will be a public refutation of the president's policies.
The organizer of the protest Ida Eskamani said that the massacre of 49 people in the Pulse gay club three years ago was a turning point for Orlando community leaders in learning ideas of diversity and tolerance. The club closed after the shooting and a planned memorial is being developed on the site.
The "Baby Trump" airship should make an appearance after the organizers have raised funds to bring it from South Florida. However, the airship will remain at the bar, located about three blocks from the arena, due to the presidential airspace restrictions, Ms. Eskamani said.
The president of the local Republican party said that Mr. Trump was fighting for all Americans.
The president of the Orange County Republican Executive Committee, Charles Hart, said that "for them to say that Donald Trump does not like homosexuals is wrong".
"For them to say that Donald Trump does not love Hispanics is wrong," continued Hart.
The Trump administration has recently moved to revoke new health protections for transgender people, limit their presence in the military and withdraw federal guidance that trans students should be able to use the bathrooms of their choice.
The city is also home to a large Puerto Rican population. Opponents blame the Republican president for having suspended aid for disasters in Puerto Rico for a feud with democratic leaders on the island.
Orlando's hometown newspaper said today in an editorial that it would not support Mr. Trump.
"Some readers will wonder how it is possible to eliminate a candidate so far before the elections and before knowing the identity of his opponent," the Orlando Sentinel he wrote. "Because it makes no sense to pretend that we would never recommend readers to vote for Trump." The editorial went on to say that he had "enough of the chaos, of the division, of the insults of the courtyard, of self-exaltation, of corruption, and especially of lies".
– with wires
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