Saturday, June 11, 2016

Donald Trump calls for GOP unity at Tampa rally while attacking critics on both sides

Posted By on Sat, Jun 11, 2016 at 5:19 PM

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Donald Trump's supporters live for his impromptu verbal slams into his numerous critics, and at his weekend rally inside the Tampa Convention Center, the presumptive Republican nominee did not disappoint. 

To a crowd of about 4,000, Trump rambled about "Crooked Hillary" Clinton being a "total mess" and "unstable" person who can't be president; joked about apologizing to Pocahontas for calling U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, by the same name; derided former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, saying, "Who the hell cares?" regarding his support; mocked Secretary of State John Kerry for getting into a bicycle accident during Iran negotiations; and called former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney a "choker" and a "loser" who didn't work hard enough to win the 2012 election.  
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But between all those insults at his skeptics, Trump says he wants his party to start getting behind him.

"We have a war to win against a very crooked politician," he says. "The Republican Party really should get their act together. They have to come together. We have to win." 

The rest of his speech was more of the same prattle we're all used to from Trump, who was looking particularly tanned Saturday. 

"I am the least racist person you've ever met," he says after chanting with the crowd, "Build the wall! Build the wall! Build the wall!"

To close, Trump adds he's set on winning Florida in the general election. 

"I'll be with you so much over the next five months that you're going to say, 'Please keep him the hell out of Florida. He's driving us crazy,'" he says. "If you don't win Florida, they say it's over."
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Perhaps more interesting to Floridians was the appearance of Gov. Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi at Trump's rally. Unsurprisingly, Bondi didn't mention the recent controversy over her asking Trump for a $25,000 campaign donation as her office reviewed complaints about Trump University and its affiliates. 

"Hillary Clinton is consumed with making history by becoming the first female president," Bondi tells the crowd. "Donald Trump is concerned with something else: Keeping our American dream from becoming history."

Outside, Trump's supporters and protesters got into screaming matches, but there were no reports of physical confrontations.

All in all, Tampa's rally was relatively better compared to what we've seen happen at other Trump events so far. Even some glitter-bearded fans made an appearance. 

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