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Donald Trump hurls insults, thousands cheer on in Sarasota



Thousands of Donald Trump fans packed inside and outside a Sarasota arena Saturday to hear the Republican frontrunner rip Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, super PAC political committees, “phonies” in the press corps (especially the New York Times), Obamacare, “weak” generals leading America’s military, political correctness, Hillary Clinton and assorted people who have doubted or criticized him.

The billionaire reality TV star who has upended the Republican primary drew booming cheers and chants of “Trump! Trump! Trump!” as he delivered a disjointed, borderline stream of consciousness speech heavy on knocking critics and vague promises about reviving the American dream and making it “bigger and stronger and bolder” than ever before.

At least 4,000 people filled Robarts Arena, and thousands more listened to speakers booming his remarks outside the arena. After his Trump helicopter landed on the grounds, Trump first spoke to crowd outside, calling for half a dozen “beautiful children” to hop aboard for a ride.

After his speech in the arena, he addressed the crowd outside again before hopping back into the Trump helicopter as it departed, commander-in-chief-like, while speakers blared the majestic soundtrack to the film Air Force One.

Florida hold its primary March 15, and recent polls show Trump comfortably leading among Florida Republican voters. Trump dismissed the competition from former Florida frontrunners Bush and Rubio.

“I think it’s going to be an easy campaign in Florida because I’m leading by a lot already, and Bush is down in the tubes,” Trump said. “Rubio is a little bit higher than Bush, but I’ll tell you what: If I had a young guy who has a lot of ambition — so much ambition he can’t sit straight for a couple of years — and he doesn’t even have the courtesy to go and sit in Washington and represent the people of Florida, there’s no way he’s going to beat me in an election in Florida. There’s no way.”

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[Last modified: Saturday, November 28, 2015 6:10pm]


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