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Free-wheeling Donald Trump rocks Broward County rally

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump holds a campaign rally at BB&T Center in Sunrise on Wednesday.

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump holds a campaign rally at BB&T Center in Sunrise on Wednesday.

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The Donald Trump who arrived to a rocking Broward County hockey arena Wednesday night wasn’t the politician who read off a TelePrompTer when he accepted the Republican presidential nomination last month, or when he laid out his economic plan in Detroit earlier this week.

No, the Trump who rallied thousands of raucous supporters in Sunrise came to South Florida to riff.

On ISIS: “ISIS is honoring President Obama. He is the founder of ISIS… and I would say the co-founder is crooked Hillary Clinton.”

On the Russian invasion of Crimea, which Trump seemed to be unaware of in a recent interview: “This was taken during the administration of Barack Hussein Obama.”

On Clinton, his Democratic rival for the White House: “Hillary Clinton said, ‘I don’t like his tone.’ See, I don’t like her temperament. Her temperament is the temperament of a loser.”

The crowd loved it.

It was Trump’s first time campaigning in Broward, Florida’s most Democratic county, and his first big public appearance in the state’s southern end since October. Back then, long before any Republican primary ballots had been cast, Trump’s rally had felt like a cross between a thumping rock concert and an edgy protest.

For his backers, the thrill isn’t gone.

More here.

[Last modified: Thursday, August 11, 2016 9:14am]

    

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