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President Trump Launches Re-Election Campaign In Front Of A Packed House At The Amway Center

Photo: Amy Green, WMFE

Thousands of Trump supporters showed up in ‘Make America Great Again” hats and t-shirts to cheer on the commander in chief’s re-election bid.

Speaking to the crowd at Orlando’s Amway Center, Trump railed against the Mueller investigation, repeated calls for a southern border wall and promised to drain the swamp.

Trump also called for immigration reform, calling for a merit-based immigration system. He praised Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for signing a so-called sanctuary cities bill this month

“Thank you Governor Ron for ending that disaster.”

Before Trump took the stage, Vice President Mike Pence and Trump’s sons rallied the crowd while Apopka-based Pastor Paula White prayed for the President and his campaign.

Florida Governor Ron Desantis, Senator Rick Scott and Congressman Matt Gaetz joined the President for the announcement.

Update: 9:24 pm

Talking immigration, President Trump  thanks Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for “ending sanctuary cities”.

Update: 9:00 pm

About an hour into his speech, president Trump told the crowd at the Amway Center he was launching his re-election campaign.

“We’re going to keep it better than ever before. We’re going to keep it better than ever before, and that is why tonight, I stand before you to officially launch my campaign for a second term as president of the United States.”

Update: 8:15 pm

Trump began his speech by thanking supporters for turning out on a Tuesday night.

Some of those supporters had lined up for days before the doors opened at the arena. “Oh, we had such luck in Orlando, we love being in Orlando. Thank you, Thank you Orlando, what a turnout. What a turnout.”

The Amway Arena has a 20,000 seat capacity.

Trump’s speech ranged along familiar themes: the Mueller investigation, building the wall, draining the swamp, and taking aim at the media.

Update: 8:00 pm

Vice President Mike Pence told a near capacity crowd at the Amway Center that with their help, President Donald Trump would be re-elected.

“And with President Donald Trump in the White House for four more years, and with God’s help, we will make America safe again, we will make America prosperous again, and this president will make America greater than ever before.”

Update: 7:30 pm

Trump’s sons Eric and Donald, Jr. rallied the crowd ahead of the President’s appearance.

The two touted Trump’s commitment to campaign promises and bashed Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

Eric Trump said the campaign will make many stops in Florida leading up to the 2020 election.

Trump supporters are beginning to file into the Amway Center in downtown Orlando ahead of the president’s announcement of a 2020 re election campaign .

The arena is filling up this hour with thousands of supporters in red hats and Trump tee shirts.

Trump’s son Eric warmed up the crowd outside the arena as supporters waited for hours, some days, to get in.

Supporters of President Trump wait for his re-election campaign speech at the Amway Center. Photo: Brendan Byrne, WMFE

Vice President Mike Pence is also expected to speak at the rally announcing the bid for a second term.

Trump is scheduled to take the stage tonight at 8.

Protesters gathered across Orlando ahead of the event.

The inside of the downtown arena where the NBA’s Orlando Magic play is draped with red, white and blue. Many supporters are wearing red campaign baseball caps.

Trump tweeted as many as 74,000 requested tickets to the event, although the arena’s capacity is 20,000.

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Space Reporter and 'Intersection' Producer

Brendan covers space news for WMFE, everything from rocket launches to the latest scientific discoveries in our universe. He hosts "Are We There Yet?", WMFE's space exploration podcast He also helps produce WMFE's twice-weekly public affairs show "Intersection," working with host Matthew Peddie to shape the ... Read Full Bio »