Trump knows winning Florida is key being president
Tampa – The Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump was back in the Tampa Bay Area today and the crowd at the Tamp Convention Center broke into a full throat ed rendition of Happy Birthday at his rally.
The presumptive Republican nominee for president turns 70 years old on June 14.
As his supporters began singing, Trump laughed and said “I don’t want to hear about it.”
He quickly got into full campaign mode as he turned his focus to the matters at hand.
Trump knows that both he and his chief rival Hillary Clinton will be battling in the general election for a win in the Sunshine State. But as you might expect he told the crowd of about 4,000 that he fully expects to win the state.
“I’ll be here so much, I’ll be in Florida, I’ll be with you so much over the next five months that you’re going to say, ‘Please keep him the hell out of Florida. He’s driving us crazy.’ … Seriously, we need Florida. It’s absolutely imperative. They say if you don’t win Florida, it’s over.”
He said he’s “very torn” about the birthday, but added: “I feel like I’m 35. That’s the good news.”
Meanwhile, he was almost as tough on former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush as he was with his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. Today, speaking in front of a large crowd in Tampa, Trump blasted his rival “Crooked Hillary Clinton, who he said was not “worthy of being the president of the United States.”
But after ripping Clinton as you might expect he took aim at Bush who he vanquished in the GOP primaries.
Trump noted Bush’s low polling throughout the contest, which placed him at the edge of the stage at Republican debates.
“I was center stage at every debate,” Trump said.
“You know the way guys were falling off the ends? I said ‘Jeb, you’re not gonna be here much longer, you’re pretty far down there Jeb-ah. You’re not going to be here much longer, Jeb. You gotta get tougher, Jeb.’”
“I don’t think he’s going to endorse me, do you folks?” Trump asked the crowd, before dismissively adding: “Who the hell cares?”
Bush has said he will not vote for Trump in November.
Meanwhile, the present Gov. Rick Scott, who is a possible vice presidential candidate was on stage to make sure that everyone knew that he was there to support Trump. He has been one of the sometimes Palm Beach residents most vocal supporters.
There is no doubt that this has been a bad week in the Trump camp. A score of Republican leaders across the country condemning him for suggesting a judge can’t fairly preside over a Trump University lawsuit because the judge is Mexican-American.
Speaking of Trump University, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi chose not to mention of that she solicited a $25,000 campaign donation from Trump while her office was reviewing consumer fraud complaints against Trump University.
But today she and Gov. Scott were all smiles, with nothing but good things to say about Trump.