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Donald Trump played all the hits during his set at the Amway Center over the weekend. Speaking to a thinner-than-expected crowd
along with former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly
, the ex-president and reality TV show host maintained that the 2020 election was stolen while also pushing against his base's anti-vax sentiments.
On the subject of 2020, Trump stuck to his assertion that he was the outright winner of that presidential election. That continued claim has wreaked havoc on the lives of local GOP election officials
and led directly to a riot
at the U.S. Capitol earlier this year. Trump also teased a third run for president, presumably in 2024.
“We won the first time, and the second time we won by even more. And it looks like we might have to think about very strongly a third time,” he told the crowd.
The Orlando Sentinel
reported that many upper-bowl guests were allowed to move into the more expensive lower seats because of a glut of unsold tickets. They added that many of the $100 tickets had dropped as low as $40 by the time of the rally.
Once they got down close to Trump, the hordes might not have liked what they heard. The former president praised the coronavirus vaccine as one of his administration's greatest successes. His support of (and open admission of receiving) the vaccine puts him at odds with much of his base.
He called the vaccine rollout "one of the greatest bets in world history because that vaccine or the three vaccines have gone all over the world and saved millions and millions of lives.” Later in the show, he casually tossed out some "no mandates, or whatever
" contempt for the hooting audience on full display.
Trump also continued to dangle the idea of a vice-presidency in front of noted sycophant Ron DeSantis. He was evasive when asked about a potential run with the Florida governor, only admitting that he "liked him a lot." Surely, that phrase will be enough for DeSantis to throw millions in taxpayer dollars away
to impress an overgrown Fauntleroy.
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