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Swinging Through Florida, Trump Paints Election as Apocalyptic Choice

| October 12, 2016

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It’s bad. Very bad. (thierry ehrmann)

With less than a month to go before Florida could decide the fate of his campaign, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump began a swing through the state Tuesday with a nearly apocalyptic warning of the stakes of the November election.

Speaking to thousands of cheering supporters at Aaron Bessant Park in Panama City Beach, Trump painted Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton as a pawn of a global establishment who would usher in the destruction of the nation. He also opined on a variety of issues in Florida, including whether the management of Lake Okeechobee has caused droughts in the state.

“This election will determine whether we remain a free country in the truest sense of the word or we become a corrupt banana republic controlled by large donors and foreign governments,” Trump told the crowd. “The election of Hillary Clinton would lead to the destruction of our country.”

Trump later described Clinton as “the vessel (of) a corrupt global establishment that’s raiding our country and surrendering the sovereignty of our nation.”

Trump grounded his argument in the release of hacked emails from Clinton campaign officials. The documents were released by the WikiLeaks organization, but the U.S. intelligence community has suggested that previous documents released by that organization aimed at damaging Clinton were first illegally obtained by Russian agents.

Critics say the emails, which include transcripts of private speeches Clinton gave after leaving her position as secretary of state, show that Clinton is disingenuous and gave special treatment to contributors to her family foundation.

Trump’s campaign announced a total attendance at the rally Tuesday night at 20,000 — including 10,000 inside the park and another 10,000 outside. It wasn’t possible to verify those estimates.

The real-estate businessman, who is a part-time Florida resident, also touched on issues closer to the Sunshine State. Trump appeared to claim — perhaps jokingly — that the mismanagement of water releases from Lake Okeechobee caused chronic dry conditions in parts of the state.

“They’re always letting the water out,” Trump said. “Do you ever notice, we always have droughts. They’re always letting the water out. I said, keep it in. We won’t have so many droughts. We won’t have any droughts.”

Releases from Lake Okeechobee have long been controversial, but not because of suggestions that they cause droughts. Instead, the water is blamed for fouling coastal estuaries.

Trump also repeated his endorsement of U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio’s re-election effort. Rubio and Trump were once locked in a bitter battle for the presidential nomination, but Rubio has since endorsed the nominee and stood by Trump even after a tape from 2005 revealed the businessman and television personality making vulgar remarks about women. Rubio has said the remarks were offensive.

And Trump touted his multiple developments in the state.

“We’ve created a lot of jobs,” Trump said, playfully adding: “So … if you guys don’t vote for me as a victor, I’m going to be very angry at you.”

Trump’s three-day swing through Florida — which is also set to feature appearances in Ocala, Lakeland and West Palm Beach — comes as polls show Trump slipping behind Clinton in the state. It is highly unlikely that Trump can win the White House without Florida’s 29 electoral votes.

The Panama City area is part of a Northwest Florida stronghold for Republican candidates in statewide races, something that state Rep. Matt Gaetz, running for a seat in Congress, referenced while talking to the crowd about former Vice President Al Gore’s visit to South Florida with Clinton earlier Tuesday.

“In 2000, we made sure Al Gore was never going to be the president of the United States,” Gaetz said.

Gore himself made reference to the state’s 2000 recount, which cleared the way for the presidency of George W. Bush, during his remarks in Miami Beach as he stressed the importance of every vote.

“You can consider me as an Exhibit A of that truth,” Gore said, according to a transcript released by the Clinton campaign.

For her part, Clinton savaged Trump over climate change.

“Donald Trump, is, quote, ‘not a big believer’ in climate change. … We cannot risk putting a climate denier in the White House. At all, that is absolutely unacceptable,” she said.

–Brandon Larrabee, News Service of Florida

12 Responses for “Swinging Through Florida, Trump Paints Election as Apocalyptic Choice”

  1. Donald Trump's Tiny Fingers says:

    Maybe trump’s endorsement of rubio will win him the coveted sex offender voting base

  2. Wishful thinking says:

    Trump loves his country. Hillary loves Hillary and more money
    Trump doesn’t need fame or more money He has created many many jobs in our state- and his brain and heart is even bigger than his mouth…,.which yes is too big sometimes
    It is so obvious both parties don’t care about us- Trump does
    The club in DC needs new blood –
    Biliary has never put anyone to work other than for ‘Themselves’

  3. Ron says:

    Clinton is guilty of numerous crimes. But as usual you will not print it. I thought the media was suppose to report the facts. I guess You all are bought off buy the Clinton cartel.

  4. Knightwatch says:

    It truly is an apocalyptic choice, between a wholly unprepared and very dangerous demi-fascist and avowed serial sexual predator, and a cool, controlled, super-intelligent, knowledgeable and superbly prepared woman who is ready from day one to serve this country as president.

    There is only one clear choice… Hilary! And don’t forget to vote BLUE across the ballot. Give Hillary Democrats to work with.

  5. Longman says:

    Umm.. didn’t the FBI director say no crimes committed??

  6. Donald Trump's Tiny Fingers says:

    And now a brief word from one of trump’s sponsors, russia:

  7. Outsider says:

    Hillary can’t even walk up a flight of stairs. I bet you won’t see her walk up the steps of Air Force One under her own power.

  8. Fplsux says:

    Knight might have a point vote entire establishment might bring a quicker end , kinda like pulling the bandaid off fast.

  9. Rimalaw says:

    Oh Lord!!! That people buy his garbage is apocalyptic in and of itself!! This is a man that doesn’t pay blue collar workers or taxes and you think he cares about you?? He’s a pervert who walks in on women while changing and pretends he cares about them? Donald Trump cares about Donald Trump. It’s so sad that some are so afraid of a strong determined intelligent woman to finally lead our country that they will commit hari kari and vote for Trump. Remember that the last time this country was bountiful and all made a very good living, it was the same 2 Clinton’s in the White House! If you really care about his Great Nation, your ONLY VOTE MUST BE FOR HILLARY CLINTON!!

  10. Sherry says:

    OK. . . ENOUGH. . . I want each and every one of you to actually take 5 minutes to watch and listen carefully to the video that is being shown all over the world by the BBC. If you continue to support Trump after really thinking about this video, then you are really nothing short of “despicable”. . . take a long look and listen:

  11. Katie Semore says:

    Ron said Donald cared about us. That is the funniest thing I have heard this week. He cares only about his own huge ego!

  12. Donald Trump's Tiny Fingers says:

    Well outsider, FDR had a few issues getting around as well, but he seemed to get us through WW II ok. If mobility is your single voter issue then you’ve got a clear choice, the orange colored rapist. If the future of america is your concern, I’d suggest democrat or third party.

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