President Trump will announce his reelection campaign Tuesday in Orlando Florida, where he will be greeted by a tailgate party as well as protesters and the orange “Baby Trump” balloon loved by his critics.
Trump and Vice President Pence are making their 2020 candidacy official with a rally expected to pack a 20,000-seat arena, with thousands more outside. Supporters began lining up outside the Amway Center arena a day early, local news outlets said Monday.
Demonstrators may include undocumented immigrants who had worked at Trump golf resorts, as well as Hispanic advocacy groups that oppose Trump’s immigration policies and treatment of Puerto Ricans, who are U.S. citizens. Organizers of a Trump protest said they had raised enough money to bring the “Baby Trump” balloon, depicting the president as an angry diapered baby with a cellphone, to downtown Orlando.
Florida is a must-win state for Trump next year, with its 29 electoral votes becoming especially important if he loses Pennsylvania or another of the more populous states that helped him win in 2016. Trump carried Florida, where he has a vacation home and three golf resorts, by a little more than one percentage point in 2016.