On Tuesday night at the Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall in Tampa, a group of protesters was escorted out of the rally — briefly interrupting President Donald Trump’s appearance and speech.
As usual, the president took it all in stride. He joked about the propensity of the mainstream media to exaggerate any negativity that occurs during such events.
As the crowd loudly booed, Trump issued his well-known “Get ’em out of here” gesture — pointing to the protesters and then pointing to the exit with his thumb.
As security escorted the women out, Trump did a 180 to face the audience behind him, who were by then laughing and applauding. He extended his arms, shrugged — and then turned back to face front.
“Aw, that’s too bad. That’s too bad,” he quipped, shaking his head. “One person, one person, and tomorrow the headlines will be ‘Massive Protest.'”
His joke was met with appreciative laughter.
Trump was in Tampa to stump for Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.), who is running for governor in Florida’s August 28 primary.
The crowd chanted, “USA, USA,” as Trump initially took the stage and encouraged attendees to support the congressional representative’s gubernatorial run.
Every once in a while, Trump supporters seized the opportunity to make their feelings known about what Trump terms the “fake news media.”
At one point during the rally, for example, a frowning Jim Acosta — a reporter for CNN — was on the receiving end of some heckling by Trump supporters — and the Tampa Bay Times happened to catch the moment on film.
Michele Blood is a Flemington, New Jersey-based freelance writer and a regular contributor to LifeZette.