Make no mistake about it, Florida’s favorite son is not former Gov. Jeb Bush or junior Sen. Marco Rubio–it’s Donald Trump. For the past three polling cycles, Trump has held double digit lead over both Rubio and Bush.
Trump made his first campaign swing through the state this past weekend and it was a huge success. He had events in Miami on Friday night and Saturday he drew a big crowd in Jacksonville.
“What a group of people,” said 2016 presidential candidate Donald Trump as he took the stage at the Jacksonville Landing Saturday for his campaign event.
Trump took the stage to a raucous applause as Twisted Sister’s “We’re Not Going to Take It” played. He discussed everything from his competitors to religion.
“The American dream is back,” Trump said. “We’re going to bring it back bigger, better and stronger than before. We’re going to make America great again.”
Trump spoke about how his experience with negotiation during his career. He said his experience will benefit Americans when it comes to negotiating with other countries.
“Their leaders are ripping off our country,” Trump said. “Every country is ripping us off. We don’t win on trade.”
Supporters at the rally responded well to Trump and forced him pause while the crowd chanted his name.
Trump told the people in Jacksonville that now is not the time for a nice candidate. He said the American people want a president who gets things done.
“We don’t need nice, we need competent now,” Trump said.
Trump talked for more than an hour to the thousands of people in attendance. He said his friends asked him how he speaks for so long without a teleprompter.
“Honestly it’s easy,” Trump said. “It’s because there is love in these audiences.” That statement was followed by a fan chant of “Trump, Trump, Trump.”
As the crowd began to thin, Trump wrapped up his event at the Jacksonville Landing with a promise.
“I’m not going to promise you the world, but I’m going to make it better than anyone else could.”
Trump left the stage to applause and cheers of “Trump, Trump, Trump.” He shook hands with supporters and greeted people as he walked off the stage.