President Donald Trump appears to be planning a trip to Orlando on Friday even as he’s planning his fourth presidential visit to Mar-a-Lago.
On Monday, the Federal Aviation Administration warned pilots to expect the kinds restrictions around Orlando that typically accompany Trump’s visits: Flight restrictions 0f about 35 miles and an even stricter restriction of about 11 nautical miles. Those restrictions have been a hallmark of Trump’s visits, but not of trips by Vice President Mike Pence.
Last week, the FAA warned pilots to expect Trump-level flight restrictions around Palm Beach from this Friday through Sunday. The announcement is similar to earlier guidance that presaged a Trump visit.
One weekend’s visit included at least a dozen airspace violations, with five airplanes being intercepted by F-15 fighter jets or a government helicopter, The Palm Beach Post has reported.
Part-time Palm Beach billionaire Trump’s campaign has been rocked by Republican defections and calls for him to get out of the race since the tape surfaced on Friday afternoon.
The 2005 tape captures Trump saying that when he sees attractive women, “I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet…And when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab them by the p—-. You can do anything.”
CNN’s Anderson Cooper, one of the Sunday night debate moderators, said Trump was describing sexual assault.
“No, I didn’t say that at all. I don’t think you understood what was said,” Trump said. “This was locker room talk. I’m not proud of it. I apologize to my family. I apologize to the American people. Certainly, I’m not proud of it. But this is locker room talk.”
Trump tried to change the subject to ISIS and “much more important things and much bigger things,” but Cooper pressed Trump three times on whether he had actually kissed or groped women without their consent.
“No, I have not,” Trump finally replied.
Clinton called Trump “not fit” to be president and said the tape showed “Donald talking about women. What he thinks about women. What he does to women. And he has said that the video doesn’t represent who he is. But I think it’s clear to anyone who heard it that it represents exactly who he is.”
Clinton brought up other comments Trump has made to denigrate women, immigrants, minorities, people with disabilities and Muslims.
“This is who Donald Trump is, and the question for us, the question our country must answer is that this is not who we are.”
In the hours leading up to the debate, Trump tried to turn attention to former President Bill Clinton‘s sexual indiscretions and Hillary Clinton’s defense of her husband in the 1990s. Trump had three of Bill Clinton’s accusers seated in the audience as well as a rape victim whose attacker was represented by Hillary Clinton when she practiced law in the 1970s.
“If you look at Bill Clinton, far worse. Mine are words, his was action. This is what he has done to women. There’s never been anybody in the history of politics in this nation that’s been so abusive to women…Hillary Clinton attacked those same women and attacked them viciously,” Trump said.
Clinton responded that “so much of what he just said is not right, but he gets to run his campaign any way he chooses. He gets to decide what he gets to talk about…When I hear something like that, I am reminded of what my friend, Michelle Obama, advised us all: ‘When they go low, you go high.'”
Clinton added: “If this were just about one video, maybe what he’s saying tonight would be understandable, but everyone can draw their own conclusions at this point about whether or not the man in video or on the stage respects women.”
There was one message delivered to Florida’s delegates Thursday morning that they were especially warned to heed: Try not to leave your seats during the final night of the Democratic National Convention.
The capacity of the arena’s floor — where some delegates sit during the event, with others seated in the arena’s stands — became an issue as the convention progressed. People standing in the aisles to watch the speakers and performers stood shoulder-to-shoulder, occasionally blocking walkways and prompting the fire marshal Wednesday night to close an area of the floor to people trying to pass through.
A combination of fewer seats and more delegates made for more cramped quarters at the host site of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia than at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland the week before.
Where the Wells Fargo Center, the DNC’s host, has about 19,600 seats, the Quicken Loans Arena had about 21,000 seats. And where the Republicans had about 2,500 delegates, the Democrats had close to 4,800. That doesn’t include guests, media, volunteers and security personnel.
The size of the convention stage may have played a factor as well, as several people observed that the stage for the DNC seems to be built out more than the RNC’s stage.
Gannon cautioned Florida delegates that if they left to go to the bathroom, they may not be able to get back to their seats, especially later in the night as more press and guests made their way to the floor to see presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speak.
“Don’t drink a lot of water,” Gannon said. “That’s my advice.”
For a brief moment Wednesday morning, U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, channeled his inner Howard Dean as he told Florida Democratic delegates they have to “make Hillary Clinton the victor in Florida.”
Dean, a former Vermont governor and Democratic presidential candidate, spoke to the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday night and reprised his “Dean scream,” where, during his 2004 campaign, in increasingly louder tones, he listed key U.S. locations, ending his speech in what has been described as a “yawp.”
Dean’s recreation Tuesday night went viral, and Deutch used the momentum in the closing of his own speech, following a similar path but with a Florida spin.
Here’s Dean’s famous quote: “It’s going to be won in Colorado. And in Iowa. And North Carolina. And Michigan. And Florida. And Pennsylvania. And then we go to the White House!”
And here is Deutch’s Florida version: “We lean in. We work hard. We knock on doors. We do it from every part of the state. We do it from Key West to Siesta Key. We do it from Apopka to Apalachicola,” Deutch said, his voice rising. “We do it from Cocoa Beach to Highland Beach, Daytona Beach to Satellite Beach, Hialeah to Lauderhill, Sarasota to Boca to Oviedo. Yeah!”
Deutch also weighed in on Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, saying, “If you’re gonna nominate someone who’s that dangerous, someone who’s that divisive — if you’re gonna pick a reality TV star that you’re gonna trust the nuclear codes to, I frankly would probably be more comfortable giving them to Kim Kardashian than I would to Donald Trump.”
Deutch also spoke about:
Florida’s U.S. Senate race: Deutch said Sen. Marco Rubio, who is running for re-election, has been “missing in action. He does not deserve to get re-elected.”
He also said current Democratic U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy “will make a great United States senator.”
Gov. Rick Scott: Deutch called Scott “so divisive, much like the guy running for president.”
Toward the end of his speech, Deutch said Rick Scott’s political career should be ended “once and for all.”
Gun safety: Deutch recounted the recent 26-hour-long sit-in on the floor of the House of Representatives where lawmakers tried to push for new gun safety measures in the wake of the Orlando nightclub shooting.
“We have to stand up,” he said. “We have to do what is necessary to fight the gun lobby.”
When nearly 200 Bernie Sanders delegates walked into the main media tent outside the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday, Dawn Abate of Stuart was among them.
Abate, who is in her first year as a delegate, said she is a member of the group that organized the sit-in, called the Coalition of the 57, with one delegate from each of the 57 states and territories represented in the group.
Abate is the group’s representative in Florida.
As the group worked to get their leader allowed inside the media tent where the sit-in was being held, Abate assisted in negotiations.
“There have been rumors about all sorts of sit-ins and civil disobedience, and I think that there’s a time and place for that in history, and certainly in present day, but that’s not something that Bernie wants us to do,” she said. “He does not want us to disrupt the convention, and we respected what he asked us to do.”
Abate said the Coalition of 57 wants to “unite the party. We want to be in solidarity.”
She added that while the group doesn’t want Donald Trump to defeat Hillary Clinton, “unfortunately the … official nominee is not working really hard to keep the movement alive.”
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the soon-to-be former Democratic National chairwoman, will not gavel in the party’s national convention tonight in Philadelphia, party sources confirmed to The Post.
Wasserman Schultz, whose congressional district spans from Weston in Broward County down to portions of Dade County, including Miami Beach, announced Sunday she is resigning as party chairwoman once the party’s nominating convention closes after Wikileaks released emails that showed the party was biased toward former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in her primary run against Vermont’s Sen. Bernie Sanders.
“Florida remains the most significant battleground state and will make sure that Hillary Clinton is elected president…We are the state that will deliver the White House,” Wasserman Schultz told the delegation.
Gannon, who is one of more than 160 Democratic delegates from Florida attending the event, will work with the state’s 16 deputy whips to make sure communication is streamlined, her office said Wednesday.
Hillary Clinton’s Florida campaign assigned the position to Gannon, a former member of Florida’s House of Representatives.
The role of whips at the convention is to share information with the large number of Florida delegates. In her role, Gannon will distribute messages and news to the whips, who each will provide those details to 10 delegates.
While on the floor at the convention, Gannon’s office said she will tweet each day from the Tax Collector’s Office Twitter account, @TAXPBC.
In fact, she only recently graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a double major in sociology and urban studies.
Here are three key moments from her speech.
1. She called herself out for her inexperience speaking before large crowds. “I’ve given a few speeches in front of classrooms of students, but never in an arena with more than 10 million people watching,” she said.
2. She spoke about her father as a mentor. “He draws out the talent and drive in people so they can achieve their full potential,” she said. “That’s a great quality to have in a father, and better yet the president of the United States.”
3. She called her father a “natural-born encourager.” She mentioned a time when, after a friend died, her father was the first person to call her. She also called him a man with “natural charm and no facade.”
Day, who has been a key player in Broward County’s Republican Party for more than 20 years, was the first speaker up after the roll call vote Tuesday night where each state spoke its delegates’ votes into the record and Trump officially received the Republican nomination for president.
She criticized presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton for her policies, specifically targeting her efforts at gender equality.
“She repeatedly plays the gender card,” Day said, adding she would “deal (Clinton) in.”
Day said she does want to someday see a woman in the White House, but “not that woman, not Hillary Clinton, not today, not now, not ever.”
She added that “there is no question” Trump will be a better president.
“Let’s fight the oppressive government of Hillary Clinton by electing Donald Trump the next president of the greatest country in the world,” Day said.
Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke, Jr. took to the main stage in Cleveland at the Republican National Convention with a message that “Blue lives matter.”
Clarke has been in the news in recent days after clashing with CNN’s Don Lemon in an interview regarding the recent police shootings in Dallas and Baton Rouge, La. where Clarke said he had “predicted this” would happen for the past two years.
“I’ve been watching this for two years. I’ve predicted this,” Clarke told Lemon. “This anti-police rhetoric sweeping the country has turned out some hateful things inside of people that are now playing themselves out on the American police officer.”
Though Clarke has been sheriff for Milwaukee County since 2002, he is increasingly gaining national attention.
Here are five fast facts about Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, Jr.:
Clarke, 59, joined the Milwaukee Police Department in 1978 as a patrol officer and was elected to county sheriff in 2002, now serving his fourth term.
Although he spoke at the Republican National Convention in support of presumptive nominee Donald Trump, Clarke is a registered Democrat. Clarke has a podcast on Glenn Beck’s TheBlaze Radio Network called “David Clarke: The People’s Sheriff.” Clarke has defended being registered as a Democrat despite holding conservative political views, saying that sheriff elections should be nonpartisan. “Like me, most people question why the Office of Sheriff is a partisan election. I have never asked a person to vote for me because I run as a Democrat.”
Clarke featured in a 2013 public service announcement ad calling for listeners to arm themselves “so you can defend yourself until we get there,” saying citizens can’t rely on the police to respond in time to a threat.
Clarke has been a vocal opponent of the Black Lives Matter movement. According to Reuters, Clarke has called the group “Black Lies Matter,” and labelled their members “subhuman creeps.”
Clarke’s sheriff deputies’ union and two of his individual officers successfully sued him in 2006 for mandating officers to attend staff meetings where members of the evangelical Christian group the Fellowship of Christian Centurions proselytized to the officers.