Even while President Donald Trump has been quarantined in the White House recovering from the coronavirus, Trump’s 2020 campaign is still hard at work. Vice President Mike Pence stepped up to fill in for Trump at two packed campaign rallies in the battleground state of Florida on Saturday afternoon, where he fired up supporters with references to low unemployment rates, Supreme Court nominations, Second Amendment protections, and even the renewed focus on U.S. leadership in space exploration.
“Under the president’s leadership, by 2024, we’re gonna see the next man and the first woman land on the moon and then we’re headed to Mars!” Pence announced as the crowd cheered. “Under President Donald Trump, NASA is back!” he added, smiling.
“The road to Victory runs right through Florida”
Pence’s first stop was in Orlando, where a “Latinos for Trump” event was held. Florida is going to be an important state to win this election, and the state’s Latino vote could play a big role in who wins it.
“The road to victory runs right through Florida,” Pence said, pointing out, “Under this president’s leadership in the first three years, we achieved the lowest unemployment for Hispanic Americans.”
Throughout the event, which lasted nearly an hour, the crowd could be heard chanting “four more years” and “fill that seat.” The former is self-explanatory, while the latter refers to filling the Supreme Court seat vacated by the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
After Orlando, Pence made a trip to The Villages, where the world’s largest retirement community can be found. There Pence held a “Make America Great Again” event.
It is being reported that over 1,000 people were in attendance — that is, in the main event space. Roughly another 100 could be found in the overflow area.
“It is great to be back in the Sunshine State,” Pence began. “It is good to be back in Trump Country.” The crowd went wild.
“3,000 people turning out for VP @Mike_Pence today at The Villages,” tweeted Tim Murtaugh, Trump 2020’s communications director. Most of those in attendance were retirees.
Pence picks up the ball
At the rallies, preventative measures were taken for the coronavirus. At The Villages, for example, roughly a third of the crowd could be seen wearing masks — although they were passed out to everyone, and there was a socially-distanced seating arrangement — at least at the start. As more and more people filed in, though, the distance between the chairs narrowed. Watch Pence’s speech below:
Vice President Pence has been keeping the Trump 2020 campaign rolling along while President Trump has been recovering from the coronavirus. And, as Saturday’s events demonstrate, Pence has done so successfully.
Reports indicate that President Trump is now getting ready to get back to some campaigning of his own, starting on Monday.