New DeSantis campaign ad catches eyeballs ahead of Trump's Florida rally

Glen Norman
August 4, 2018

Trump is telling aides he wants to considerably step up the number of rallies he is holding, and his team is looking at ways to do just that, a source familiar with the President's thinking said Tuesday.

The president is expected to discuss "record-breaking jobs and economic data from the booming Trump economy" among other topics at the rally, according to the Trump campaign.

It comes alongside his unfounded belief that millions voted illegally in the 2016 presidential election, which a 2017 investigation failed to prove.

Even on a day that began with Trump savaging fellow DeSantis backers the Koch brothers, DeSantis couldn't help but take a victory lap that doubled as a preview of the Tuesday evening event. "I've kept my promises".

Supporters of President Donald Trump fill the stands during a rally at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa on Tuesday
Supporters of President Donald Trump fill the stands during a rally at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa on Tuesday

He also pushed for stricter voter identification laws, a cause that is broadly popular among Trump's conservative base. On 22 June, Trump tweeted his endorsement of DeSantis, and the polls flipped nearly overnight. As Trump supporters discovered they couldn't get in, many made their way to the protest in the First Amendment Zone.

While Governor Rick Scott was scheduled to appear with the president this afternoon, he has drastically curtailed both his appearances and praise for Donald Trump since the U.S. Senate race began heating up.

Trump campaigned on a promise of building a wall to deter illegal immigration and to make Mexico pay for it. Mexico has refused, leading Trump to look to USA taxpayers to fund the endeavor instead, at least for now.

Several voters at Tuesday's rally said that Trump's endorsement helped, but that they would like to hear DeSantis talk more about state issues. While he's against numerous President's policies, he also believes the two-party system is failing.

Going out on the road, where Trump shatters taboos and dodges accountability for his wild misrepresentations, offers him more than the chance to draw energy from those who love him.

So how did Jeff Greene do at the Trump protest?

"There's no doubt that the "Trump bump" is real and DeSantis got a lift from it".

And protester Greg Cruz of Sarasota said he came to the rally to represent Black Lives Matter-Tampa.

Some Trump loyalists were furious at perceived contradictions in the Koch network's behavior and anxious that it could complicate the president's 2020 re-election. "He wants to make sure that anybody that's voting is somebody that should be voting". The Koch network boasts an army of grassroots activists across 36 states and has promised to spend between $300 million and $400 million on politics and policy this election cycle alone.

"I want to thank our farmers", Trump said. In a new campaign ad he playfully jokes about the only thing to his candidacy is his close relationship with the president.

Brandon Tinger, 18, attended the rally and said he's leaning toward DeSantis but would like to know what he's going to do to reduce pollution in Florida's water.

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