President Trump is set to announce his reelection campaign to a packed house in Orlando, Florida, Tuesday evening, and some of his most ardent supporters are already lining up to claim their spots. About 20 people were camping outside of Orlando’s Amway Center with “tents, lawn chairs, coolers and umbrellas” nearly two full days before the event, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
People are already lined up outside the Amway Center in Orlando for the Trump rally tomorrow. About 20 people here with tents, lawn chairs, coolers and umbrellas. @orlandosentinel pic.twitter.com/ltfg7WdN99
— Caroline Glenn (@bycarolineglenn) June 17, 2019
With tents, sleeping bags and coolers of water in tow, Trump supporters began lining up for Tuesday’s campaign rally in Orlando nearly 2 full days before the event https://t.co/iKDhufqJrA pic.twitter.com/JTZmWnlV7r
— Orlando Sentinel (@orlandosentinel) June 17, 2019
The first Trump supporters showed up at 2:30 a.m. Monday morning, more than 40 hours before the rally is scheduled to begin, Fox35 reported.
ALREADY LINED UP! Supporters of President Trump have already begun lining up for his Orlando rally on Tuesday. He is expected to announce his re-election campaign.
— Fox 35 News (@Fox35News) June 17, 2019
Fox 35 spoke to Maureen Bailey, one of the early-birds.
“We want to make sure we could get in the building,” she told Fox 35 when asked why she showed up so early. “We left at 5 a.m. this morning from Ponce Inlet.”
Bailey also said that the line is almost like a reunion, as she has met many of them before. “There are people here from Milwaukee. People from all over the United States already here this morning,” she said.
Bailey is looking the most forward to hearing the President’s message. “I hope he reviews the progress he has made in spite of the Republicans battling his initiatives along with the Democrats,” she said.
— WFTV Channel 9 (@WFTV) June 17, 2019
The president tweeted Monday that the rally “looks to be setting records” with more than 100,000 ticket requests. Amway Center seats only 20,000. Trump tweeted that organizers would be putting up large movie screens to accommodate the overflow crowd.
Big Rally tomorrow night in Orlando, Florida, looks to be setting records. We are building large movie screens outside to take care of everybody. Over 100,000 requests. Our Country is doing great, far beyond what the haters & losers thought possible – and it will only get better!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 17, 2019
Joe Biden attracted an estimated 6,000 at his kick-off campaign rally in Philadelphia, last month. A couple of days later, over 10,000 people attended Trump’s rally in Montoursville, Pennsylvania, a town with a population of only 4,777.
Since his kick-off rally, Biden’s crowd sizes have been substantially smaller. In Ottumwa, Iowa last week, the Democrat front-runner spoke to a crowd of 250 at a meat packing plant.
In Davenport, Iowa, he attracted only 500 people at his rally at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds.
ClickOrlando spoke with Gary Beck, a Trump supporter from Panama City, who was the first in line outside of Amway Center.
“There’s going to be a bunch of people, and it’s going to be pretty intense,” he said. “The electricity is going to be high. It’s time for America to get back on its feet and be made better than it’s ever been before.”
In an effort to show their moral superiority to President Trump and his supporters, Anti-Trump protesters plan to troll the president by flying a big baby Trump balloon near the rally.
Their “Win With Love Rally” will be held three blocks away from Trump’s rally.
“We plan to win with love, and we LOVE Baby Trump,” rally organizer Ida Eskamani wrote in a press release.
— Miami Herald (@MiamiHerald) June 15, 2019
Organizers of the Win With Love Rally wrote in a June 8 permit application with Orlando police that they were trying to bring the infamous inflatable to the city. But it wasn’t until Saturday that the group confirmed it was logistically possible. Now, they’re trying to crowd fund the $2,500 cost of inflating the balloon caricature.
We’ll soon find out how “loving” the “Win With Love” protesters are toward the Trump supporters.
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