1. Florida Politics
  2. /
  3. The Buzz

Here’s your pre-game report for today’s Trump rally

Three reporters cover all the goings-on in Orlando before President Trump takes the stage.
Trump supporters gather at the Amway Center in Orlando on Tuesday afternoon before the scheduled 8 p.m. rally. [Twitter]
Published Jun. 18
Updated Jun. 18

Several hundred President Donald Trump supporters were already in line outside the Amway Center early Tuesday to attend tonight’s 2020 campaign kickoff speech.

A common theme among Trump supporters: The president is not a racist.

Eric Trump spoke from a festival stage outside the arena, telling a crowd sweltering under the sun that the 2020 election is about “judges, judges, many presidents get three Supreme Court nominations.”

Most of the people interviewed were giddy with enthusiasm despite rain earlier today and the intense heat.

“It’s just wonderful to be here and see how many of us are like-minded,” said Christine Bond of Winter Garden.

But here’s an argument between a man wearing a “Bikers for Trump” shirt and a small group of protesters.

“Kent State gun girl” Kaitlin Bennett is here—in between interview attempts with protestors she repeatedly implores viewers to support Alex Jones, who “needs your support now more than ever.”

Kaitlin Bennett, also known as "Kent State gun girl". [Twitter]

Meanwhile, Democrats and other protesters were enthusiastic, too.

An anti-Trump protest was held outside a gay bar a few blocks from the arena. Also nearby, they inflated the “Baby Trump” balloon.

Outside, protesters begin inflating the "Baby Trump" balloon. [Twitter]

Of course, as all of this is going on, let’s not forget that money is being made here.

And here we go. The extremist group Proud Boys make an appearance. As they drink in the street a block away from the arena, several shout “CUCKS" at passers-by holding anti-Trump signs.

The Proud Boys outside the Trump rally. [Twitter]

Another theme among those supporting Trump is that they aren’t racists, either. The Proud Boys wouldn’t talk to the Times, but they sent an InfoWars “reporter” who repeatedly stated that the Proud Boys are “not racist” -- and that he himself wasn’t one of them, only that he was embedded with them.

A few minutes later, a small group of Proud Boys walk over to an anti-Trump protest and start shouting. Police prevent them from entering the block.

A group of Proud Boys (left) shout at anti-Trump protesters. [Twitter]

Hey, after a few minutes, the Baby Trump balloon is up.

Baby Trump. [Twitter]

Meanwhile, things were just getting started inside the arena.

Apparently, the Baby Trump balloon outside isn’t the only thing getting inflated.


  1. President Donald Trump speaking during a Cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) PABLO MARTINEZ MONSIVAIS  |  AP
    And few people are on the fence.
  2. Former sheriff of Broward County Scott Israel, right, and his attorney Benedict Knuhne wait their turn to speak to the Senate Rules Committee concerning his dismissal by Gov. Ron DeSantis, Monday Oct. 21, 2019, in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon) STEVE CANNON  |  AP
    The full Senate will vote on the issue Wednesday.
  3. Parents of students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where a shooter killed 17 people in 2018, push petitions for 2020 ban on assault weapons in Florida. (Miami Herald) MIAMI HERALD  |
    After months of glitches, the Department of State is resorting to a paper workaround while ballot initiatives face higher costs.
  4. U.S. Rep. Francis Rooney.
    The Naples Republican recently refused to rule out a vote to impeach President Donald Trump.
  5. Former Pasco County Corrections Officer Wendy Miller, 57 runs towards gunfire with instructor Chris Squitieri during active shooter drills taught by Pasco County Sheriff's Office at Charles S. Rushe Middle School in Land O' Lakes. These drills are put are a larger training program for the Guardian program that will staff elementary schools with trained armed guards.  LUIS SANTANA   |   Times "LUIS SANTANA  |  TIMES"  |  Tampa Bay Times
    The change is a reversal of a previous move by the department, which specifically excluded armed teachers from its policy.
  6. Nearly two dozen victims of Jeffrey Epstein voiced their outrage at a hearing in Manhattan on Aug. 27, 2019. EMILY MICHOT | Miami Herald
    In the wake of several nationwide cases dealing with sexual assault and abuse, advocates are pushing Florida to ease its statutes of limitations
  7. Scott Israel, former Broward County Sheriff speaks during a news conference on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, in Davie, Fla. A Florida Senate official is recommending that the sheriff, suspended over his handling of shootings at a Parkland high school and the Fort Lauderdale airport, should be reinstated. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson) BRYNN ANDERSON  |  AP
    Because Israel is a constitutional officer elected by voters, state law requires that the Senate approve or reject the governor’s decision to remove him from office and gives Israel the opportunity to...
  8. El gobernador de Florida, Ron DeSantis, hace una declaración sobre el hecho de responsabilizar a los funcionarios del gobierno en Fort Lauderdale en el Complejo de Seguridad Pública Ron Cochran el 11 de enero, luego de que nombró al ex sargento de la policía de Coral Springs. Gregory Tony reemplazará a Scott Israel como sheriff del condado de Broward. (Al Díaz / Miami Herald / TNS)
    Several Senate leaders told the Times/Herald they are prepared to accept new evidence during a daylong hearing scheduled for today. They could decide against DeSantis when they vote Wednesday.
  9. District 3 City Council candidates Orlando Acosta, left, and Ed Montanari. Scott Keeler, Chris Urso
    The St. Petersburg City Council races are supposed to be nonpartisan. Partisan politics are leaking into the campaign anyway.
  10. Protesters gathered outside the federal courthouse in Tallahassee on Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, while a federal judge heard arguments for an against the the Legislature's bill implementing Amendment 4. LAWRENCE MOWER  |  Lawrence Mower
    It’s unclear how state and county officials plan on complying with the judge’s order, however. The “poll tax” issued wasn’t addressed, either.