Trump 2020 launch rally in Orlando next week will likely be a pain in your ass


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By now, you've probably heard the sigh-inspiring news that President Donald Trump is planning a rally at the Amway Center in Orlando on Tuesday as part of his 2020 re-election campaign's official launch.

Large crowds are expected throughout downtown Orlando all day Tuesday, officials say. But that doesn't mean everyone who actually wants to attend the rally will be able to get in.

"Orlando rally entry is on a first-come, first-serve basis, so a ticket doesn't necessarily guarantee entry," Trump 2020 campaign national press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement to Florida Today earlier this week.

That means the downtown area will potentially be a Trumpster fire.

In a news release Friday afternoon, city officials said the following areas will begin closing starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday:
  • Church Street, from Hughey Avenue to Garland Avenue (Church Street, from Hughey Avenue to Division Avenue, will close on 4 p.m. Sunday and will remain closed through Tuesday.)
  • South Street, from Hughey Avenue to Division Avenue.
  • Pine Street, from Garland Avenue to Hughey Avenue.
  • Hughey Avenue, from Central Boulevard to South Street.
  • Division Avenue, from Anderson Street to Central Boulevard.
Additional road closures are planned to be implemented by 2 p.m. Tuesday, including closure of the I-4 westbound South Street on-ramp, officials say.

Further road closures will be implemented as needed.

City officials are encouraging those who may be traveling in or out of the downtown area to use alternate forms of transportation, such as LYMMO, SunRail and bike-share. SunRail will run its usual schedule until 10 p.m., plus three extra trains between 10 and 10:45 p.m.

Doors for the rally open at 4 p.m. and the actual rally kicks off at 8 p.m. So be sure to plan around those times, if possible.

And for those who'd rather have their opposition to the president seen and heard, a counter-protest is already in the mix, too. Activist and Pulse nightclub survivor Brandon Wolf has created a Facebook event page titled "Win the Love Rally," which is set for 5 p.m. at Stonewall Bar.

We'll have photos from inside and outside the rally, as well as at the counter-protest, and will update this post with a link as soon as we can.

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