President Donald Trump will officially launch a second run for the White House on Tuesday night with a huge rally in Orlando, Florida, at the Amway Center. Many people literally have been waiting for days outside the venue.
But not everyone’s happy about the event.
At the end of May, the president declared on Twitter, “I will be announcing my second term presidential run with first lady Melania, Vice President Mike Pence, and second lady Karen Pence on June 18th in Orlando, Florida, at the 20,000-seat Amway Center.”
“Join us for this historic rally!” he added.
I will be announcing my Second Term Presidential Run with First Lady Melania, Vice President Mike Pence, and Second Lady Karen Pence on June 18th in Orlando, Florida, at the 20,000 seat Amway Center. Join us for this Historic Rally! Tickets: https://t.co/1krDP2oQvG
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2019
Some groups, meanwhile, are threatening to protest outside the event even as some 74,000 people — and perhaps many more thousands by now — have requested tickets for the 20,000-seat venue.
A Fox affiliate, Fox 35 in Orlando, noted that three protest locations include Church Street, Lake Eola and City Commons, as the outlet reported.
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On June 12, the president tweeted the following details about the requests that were flooding in for seats for the event:
Wow! Just got word that our June 18th, Tuesday, ANNOUNCEMENT in Orlando, Florida, already has 74,000 requests for a 20,000 seat Arena. With all of the big events that we have done, this ticket looks to be the “hottest” of them all. See you in Florida!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 12, 2019
Meanwhile, in her first appearance on a major Sunday morning news program since the young lawmaker took office this past January, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), the self-described Democratic socialist, warned there is a “very real risk” Trump will win re-election in 2020.
She also openly acknowledged there is frustration among progressives with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-N.Y.), saying it is “quite real.”
“I think that if we elect a president on half-measures that the American people don’t quite understand — the agenda of a president, you know, that says we’re fighting for higher wages but we don’t want a $15 minimum wage, fighting for education but we don’t want to make colleges tuition-free, fighting for women’s rights, etc, but we don’t want to go all the way with that, then I think we have a very real risk of losing the presidency,” Ocasio-Cortez, 29, continued.
Democrats are set to begin thinning down the bloated list of nearly two dozen presidential contenders for the Democratic nomination.
The first Democrat primary debates take place at the end of this month, on the back-to-back nights of June 26 and June 27.
Ocasio-Cortez also shared the goal of repealing the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits most federal funding for abortion in this country.
Former Vice President Joe Biden, the current Democratic front-runner, abruptly reversed himself on the issue recently — and she addressed that as well. Biden said earlier this month he could “no longer support” the amendment, which for decades he supported.
Biden said the law makes a woman’s right to an abortion “dependent on someone’s ZIP code.”
The Hyde Amendment bans the government from providing abortion funding except in cases of rape, incest, or when the mother’s health is at stake, as Fox News also noted.
This past Sunday, Ocasio-Cortez said Biden’s new stance on that issue was the bare minimum for a Democrat candidate in 2020. “I’m encouraged by the fact that he is now against the Hyde Amendment,” Ocasio-Cortez told Jon Karl. “I think that that’s where — I think it’s a very base level where all candidates need to be.”
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), meanwhile, told anchor Chris Wallace of “Fox News Sunday” that while “polls go up and polls go down,” he believes that “frankly, I am the strongest candidate to defeat Trump. I think we can win in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan and some of the other battleground states, and that’s a fight that I look forward to.”
“She [Warren] says that she supports capitalism and she supports markets, but she wants them more tightly regulated,” Wallace said to him at one point. “Why do you think that you’re a better choice for voters than Sen. Warren with that approach?”
“Well, Sen. Warren is a friend of mine,” replied the Vermont senator of his Massachusetts colleague. “And she’s a great senator, but let me just give you my perspective. Chris, according to Federal Reserve data, the average worker in America today, despite a huge increase in productivity and technology, is earning exactly the same wages that he or she earned 45 years ago. In the last 30 years, the top 1 percent has seen an increase in the wealth of $21 trillion — while the bottom half of America has seen an actual decline in their wealth of some $800 billion.”
“We have an economy today that is working phenomenally well for the top 1 percent, while the working class of this country is being decimated,” said Sanders.
“In other words,” continued Sanders with a theme starkly familiar to his failed campaign the last time around, “we have an economy today that is working phenomenally well for the top 1 percent, while the working class of this country is being decimated. Meanwhile, it seems to me that if we’re going to bring about real change in this country, that means health care to all people [and] raising the minimum wage to a living wage. Making sure that all of our young people can afford to go to college, dealing with climate change, dealing with criminal justice reform.”
“We need a fundamental change. We need a political revolution,” he insisted.
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This article has been updated.