Donald Trump led a rally in South Florida, on Wednesday — a potential powderkeg event just a day after Trump created perhaps the biggest firestorm of his campaign by suggesting that his supporters shoot his political opponent, Democrat Hillary Clinton.
So what did Donald Trump say on Wednesday and what will happen at the rally where protesters announced their intention to work their way inside what is expected to be a packed BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida — about 10 miles outside of Fort Lauderdale and 30 miles north of Miami — to disrupt the volatile event? Scroll down this page for a full replay of the Donald Trump rally in Florida.
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“I’m nervous about it tonight — I won’t lie,” protest organizer Tomas Kennedy told the Miami New Times. “But I think what he said yesterday about Hillary is really crazy. It’s important to show that we don’t support that in South Florida.”
Kennedy said when his group protested a rally in Doral, Florida, last October, Donald Trump supporters attacked them, shoving one of Kennedy’s friends to the ground and kicking him when he was down.
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At a rally in Wilmington, North Carolina, on Tuesday, Trump was discussing what a possible President Hillary Clinton would do when it came to selecting Supreme Court justices, telling the crowd — falsely — that she would pick justices who would somehow throw out the Second Amendment, and there was nothing anyone could do about it.
“Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is,” Trump added. “I don’t know.”
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— The Guardian (@guardian) August 10, 2016
The Trump campaign later claimed that Trump was simply encouraging Second Amendment supporters to organize and vote against Clinton. But outside of Trump’s circle, the remark was taken as a call for gun owners, that is, “Second Amendment people,” to stop Clinton — presumably with their guns.
Watch a full replay of the now-infamous Donald Trump speech in North Carolina on Tuesday in the video below.
Click on the following video for a full replay of the Donald Trump rally in Sunrise, Florida, on Wednesday, August 10.
Donald Trump has not held a full-scale rally in South Florida since the event in Doral about 10 months ago. But with 29 electoral votes, Florida is considered a crucial state for Trump to win on November 8 if he is to have any chance of winning the general election and as a result, the presidency.
But Trump has cratered in polls nationwide over the past week, following a series of outrageous and offensive statements — including a verbal attack on the parents of a fallen American soldier — that have caused widespread revulsion at his behavior and apparent inability control his impulse to strike back at anyone who criticizes him.
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Florida is one of the few swing states in which Trump appears to at least staying close to Clinton in the polls, trailing the former secretary of state by just 2.6 points in the Huffington Post Pollster.com average of all polls — compared to a deficit of 7.8 points nationwide, a gap that if it held in the actual voting on November 8 would amount to a Clinton landslide victory.
The two most recent polls in Florida, one by Quinnipiac College and one by Suffolk University, show Clinton leading by one point and six points respectively in Florida.
A new Bloomberg News poll, released on Wednesday, showed Hillary Clinton leading Donald Trump by four points nationwide, even when respondents were given the option of choosing Libertarian Patty candidate Gary Johnson or Green Party nominee Jill Stein rather than the Republican or Democrat.
Bloomberg poll: Clinton leads Trump nationally by 6 points: A whopping 93 percent of people who supported Ber… https://t.co/Je9UvDE2N0
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Without the alternative party candidates in the mix, Clinton trounced Trump by six percentage points in the Bloomberg poll.
But Bloomberg also measured the degree to which voters have been “bothered” by the recent series of Trump controversies, asking them how much they have been bothered by each in a series of recent Trump statements.
Trump’s attack on the parents of slain United States soldier Humayan Khan rated as only the second most bothersome incident, according to the poll, with 56 percent saying that Trump’s statement bothered them “a lot” and 19 percent saying they were bothered “a little” for a total of 75 percent.
But what bothered voters the most, according to the Bloomberg poll, was an incident that occurred at a rally back on November 26 when Trump appeared to openly mock the physical disability of a reporter who had interviewed him. The New York Times reporter suffers from arthrogryposis, which causes the limited use of his arms.
— ITV News (@itvnews) November 26, 2015
A full 83 percent of respondents in the Bloomberg poll were “bothered” by the apparently cruel and unprovoked attack by Trump on the man’s disability, with 62 percent bothered “a lot” and 21 percent bothered “a little.”
Trump’s claim that “I alone can fix” the country’s problems also bothered 75 percent of the poll respondents, while his assertion that, as president, he may not honor defense treaties with NATO allies bothered 74 percent of voters in the poll.
Donald Trump will remain in South Florida on Thursday as well, addressing the National Association of Home Builders at a Miami Beach hotel in the morning, followed by another rally, this time in Kissimmee, Florida, in the evening.
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