Donald Trump's rally in Florida felt just like the campaign trail again
Donald Trump drew in huge crowds at his rally in Melbourne, Florida, and it all felt pretty reminiscent of his events on the campaign trail.
According to police, 9,000 people flocked to Donald Trump’s rally in the central Florida airport hangar.
It purposefully echoed the campaign trail: Trump said this was because “life is a campaign”.
The event had all the familiar trappings of a Trump campaign rally, including red Trump caps, “Make America Great Again” and “Trump/Pence” signs and at least one sign reading “Hillary for Prison.”
Some of the speakers ahead of Trump’s appearance called for repealing and replacing Barack Obama’s health care law, criticised the news media or lobbed barbs at Clinton – all pretty familiar stuff from last year.
Even the playlist rung a few bells – with a favourite from the campaign You Can’t Always Get What You Want by the Rolling Stones blasting from the speakers.
“I want to be among my friends and among the people,” Trump told a cheering crowd, praising his “truly great movement.”
Trump promised anew to build a wall along the border with Mexico, reduce regulations and create jobs. He also pledged to “do something over the next couple of days” to address the immigration order that has been blocked in the courts.
Trump said: “We don’t give up, we never give up.”
The president seemed to relish being back in front of his supporters, and even brought one fan up on stage who had been queueing since 4am.
But it wasn’t all smooth sailing for the president, who also had to deal with crowds of protesters. Thousands of them were out on the streets of Dallas and Los Angeles to oppose immigration enforcement raids and to support immigrants and refugees generally.
However, this doesn’t seem to have phased the president at all. Insisting he was the victim of false reporting, Trump said his White House was running “so smoothly” and that he “inherited one big mess”.