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Jeff Greene withstands insults, humidity during Trump protest

"Most of Florida does not believe in Donald Trump," Greene said. "Most people are ashamed."
Jeff Greene protests outside the Florida Fairgrounds hours before President Donald Trump takes the stage. [Langston Taylor | Tampa Bay Times]
Jeff Greene protests outside the Florida Fairgrounds hours before President Donald Trump takes the stage. [Langston Taylor | Tampa Bay Times]
Published Jul. 31, 2018|Updated Jul. 31, 2018

Outside his campaign bus on the Florida State Fairgrounds, Democratic Florida governor hopeful Jeff Greene spoke to reporters as passersby shouted insults at him.

Through it all, he insisted the U. S. is a "better country" than President Donald Trump.

Greene answered questions in a suit and tie in the damp grass in front of his blue bus at about 3:15 p.m.. Briefly distracted by drivers yelling "Jeff Greene sucks" and that he is a liberal, the real estate entrepreneur said the Democrats' message "can break through this."

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"I think that the kind of bigotry that he encourages and hatred and racism, anti-immigration speech that I'm sure he'll be spewing out tonight is dangerous and has no place in our country," he said.

"Most of Florida does not believe in Donald Trump," Greene said. "Most people are ashamed."

Hundreds were waiting in line for the rally featuring the president who won the state in 2016 and Greene's potential adversary in a general election, U. S. Rep. Ron DeSantis.

Asked if he would need to win over Trump voters, Greene said, "I think you can win every voter."

He said the information is out there to convince anyone that Trump's and Governor Rick Scott's leadership have hurt Florida.

He said the state's schools and healthcare rank in the bottom ten states in the country.

"What we have to offer from the Democratic party is a much, much better message and a much… better solution for Florida's families and for the average person in Florida, for ordinary folks in Florida."

Earlier Tuesday, Greene explained his candidacy for governor to the Tampa Bay Times editorial board.

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