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A lot of people are saying Donald Trump is scared of St. Pete's mayor. Sad!



Last Pearl Harbor Day, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman tweeted the following: "I am hereby barring Donald Trump from entering St. Petersburg until we fully understand the dangerous threat posed by all Trumps."

The mayor was reacting to Trump's call for  a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on." The tweet went viral.

Perhaps it also intimidated the billionaire real estate mogul. Ever since Kriseman banned all Trumps, the main Trump has not set foot in Pinellas County, let alone St. Petersburg. This is one of the most  populated bellwether counties on Florida's critical Interstate 4 corridor, but in roughly two dozen Florida campaign events Trump has deigned to give it a single visit. 

Florida campaign manager Susie Wiles said she understood they have had trouble finding large enough venues in Pinellas, but every other presidential candidate for several cycles has managed to make it to Pinellas.

"Didn't expect him to take me so seriously, but perhaps he knows his dark, mean-spirited campaign wouldn't be well-received in a place nicknamed the Sunshine City," quipped Mayor Kriseman.

To be fair, Trump's running mate, Mike Pence, came recently to St. Pete to raise money. Of course, Kriseman never banned any Pences from the Sunshine City.

[Last modified: Friday, October 28, 2016 9:09am]


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