In final Florida rally, Donald Trump urges voters to ‘deliver justice’ to Hillary Clinton

Donald Trump supporters Gale Valente and Barbara Frederico await the candidate's final rally in Sarasota.

Donald Trump supporters Gale Valente and Barbara Frederico await the candidate’s final rally in Sarasota.

SARASOTA — Part-time Palm Beach resident Donald Trump drew about 5,000 people to the final Florida rally of his campaign today and framed his race against Hillary Clinton as the final chance for voters to defeat a corrupt establishment.

 

A day after FBI Director James Comey reiterated his July conclusion that Clinton’s use of a private email server did not merit criminal prosecution, Trump said: “Hillary Clinton is being protected by a totally rigged system. And now it’s up to the American people to deliver justice at the ballot box tomorrow.”

 

The crowd filled the Robarts Arena and interrupted Trump at various points with chants of “U.S.A! U.S.A!” and “Lock her up!” and “Build a wall!” and “President Trump!” And Trump paused to inspect an audience member’s Trump mask (“Nice set of hair,” he said), accept a fire helmet and acknowledge a baby in the crowd.

 

“If we win, the corrupt politicians and their donors lose. If they win, the American people lose, big league. This is it folks, we’ll never have another opportunity,” Trump said. It was the Republican nominee’s first stop on a day in which he’s also scheduled to visit North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire and Michigan.

 

“It’s time to reject the media and political elite that bled our country dry.  It’s time for us to finally fight for America,” Trump said.

 

Trump predicted victories in Michigan and other traditionally Democratic states.

 

“We are going to win these states by tremendous amounts because people are tired of being ripped off,” Trump said.

 

He also predicted he will do well with black and Hispanic voters who tilt heavily toward Clinton in most polls.

 

“African-Americans aren’t turning out and when they do a lot of them are voting for Trump,” Trump said.

 

“I think the same is true with Hispanics…We’re going to do great with the African-Americans, we’re going to do great with the Hispanics,” Trump said.

 

Before Trump’s arrival, Cissie Graham Lynch, the granddaughter of evangelist Billy Graham, acknowledged many Christians have misgivings about Trump but urged them not to sit out the election.

“This comes down to the Supreme Court,” she said.

 

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi described Trump as a change agent.

 

“We know our system is broken and we know Hillary Clinton is the system. And it is time for a bold, new leader,” Bondi said.

 

Polls show a close race in Florida. But many Trump supporters, seeing his large and enthusiastic rally crowds, simply don’t believe it.

 

“It’s going to be a landslide,” said Lisa Anderson of Englewood, who predicted “silent voters” will deliver a big margin for Trump.

 

“I’m pretty sure he’s going to win in a landslide,” said Michael Brandt, a construction worker from Sarasota who took a day off to attend his first Trump rally. “The people I see, the movement that’s going on is totally awesome. I see nobody for Hillary anywhere.”

 

 

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