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Ahead of a Florida rally President Trump is calling the kickoff for his 2020 reelection campaign, live music, food trucks and Trump swag adjoined Orlando’s Amway Center. Some supporters waited in line overnight to get into the event. Meanwhile, undocumented workers once employed at Trump properties gathered to criticize his immigration stance. Yamiche Alcindor reports and updates Judy Woodruff.
President Trump is in Orlando, Florida, tonight to officially launch his campaign, as we have been reporting.
And, once again, Yamiche Alcindor.
An official 2020 launch for a president who never stopped campaigning. And before Tuesday's rally came a sort of outdoor concert.
There was live music, food trucks and lots of Trump swag. Devoted supporters also lined up overnight and waited hours to get into the event. If these scenes feel familiar, it's because they are. Since taking office in January 2017, the president has held dozens of rallies across the country.
Four more years!
Still, Mr. Trump dubbed this stop in Florida his official 2020 campaign announcement.
Campaign spokeswoman Erin Perrine said today's event was important.
The president is laying down to say, we're looking at 2020, and let's go.
The venue for the rally itself, Orlando's Amway Center, can seat 20,000.
Fifty-three-year-old Alfred Drake voted for the president in 2016 and plans to do it again.
I'm just looking for everything to go the way it's going right now. There are a lot of jobs. I hope he can get — change the Congress to Republicans, so he can get more done, so they work with him, instead of against him.
Elizabeth Williamson is also sticking with the president in 2020, despite disagreeing with some of his immigration policies.
What do you make of the administration's child separation policy? Does that at all give you pause with the president, or what do you make of it?
A bit with that point. I don't believe they should be held too long apart. I don't think they should be separated, no. These are innocent children. It's just a — it's a really terrible situation.
But here I am. I support our president. And I hope — I wish him well for another four years.
Of course, not everyone in Orlando cheered the president's visit. Undocumented immigrants who say they worked at the president's properties and others gathered to criticize him on immigration.
This is the one story the administration doesn't talk about, the undocumented immigrants who worked for Donald Trump in his house for many, many years. These are the same people he vilifies.
And, next week, Florida will again be in the spotlight. Democratic candidates will travel to Miami for the first presidential primary debates.
And today, Judy, there was a large opposition really. Thousands of Democrats gathered to protest the president seeking a second term.
Yamiche, thanks. That's quite a crowd there.
We know the president has been holding campaign rallies virtually throughout his time in office. What's different about this one?
Well, of course, unlike any other president, the president has been crisscrossing the country, talking to his supporters since the beginning of his presidency.
The campaign tells me that this campaign rally is going to be a little bit different because, one, he's going to have the first lady, Melania Trump, with him. He is also going to have the vice president, Mike Pence, with him.
But they say that this is really a reset for him to really make the case that he's ready for the 2020 campaign, that he's assembled his team and that he wants to talk about the economy, but also talk about health care and immigration and all the issues he's been talking about at other rallies.
And, Yamiche, you have been talking to a number of these supporters. What are they saying to you about his last few years in office, and what are they saying about what they think his chances are?
Well, the president's supporters are more devoted than ever, at least the ones that are coming to this rally.
I have been talking to people about the Mueller report, about the president's internal polling possibly showing that he might be trailing Joe Biden in key states.
They all said they want the president not to change at all. They want him to keep talking about the economy, keep talking about immigration, pursuing those hard-line policies that he's, of course, been known for.
And they also say they like his brash brand of politics. They want him to keep tweeting. So, people, at least in this crowd, are very happy with the way the president has been doing, and they want him to keep doing that. They think that that is going to guarantee him a second term.
And, Yamiche, we know, of course, Florida is a swing state. Both parties very much want to win Florida.
Democrats have been down there protesting the president's rally today. They have been out in the street. What is their message?
Well, there's really been a key issue here.
You have Democrats gathering just a few blocks away from the president coming here in Florida. So, the message of Democrats has been, this president is unqualified. He's also — they have also been making the case that he employed undocumented immigrants at his properties, and thus he is being hypocritical when he pushes for hard-line immigration policies.
They have also been saying that Democrats are going to be better on health care, better on the economy even. And they are saying that the president really is someone that shouldn't be in office. They're pointing to the Mueller report, talking a little bit about impeachment.
But, initially, they're really just saying, the president shouldn't be in office anymore and that they have a better plan for the country.
Yamiche Alcindor there to watch the president's campaign rally tonight in Orlando, thank you, Yamiche.
Thanks so much.
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Yamiche Alcindor is the White House correspondent for the PBS NewsHour; the moderator of Washington Week, the weekly public affairs show on PBS; and a political contributor for NBC News and MSNBC. She often tells stories about the intersection of race and politics as well as fatal police encounters. She is currently covering the administration of President Joe Biden and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
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