Florida Trump supporters have gathered in the thousands to line up for Donald Trump’s official 2020 campaign launch rally. Unfortunately for them, the weather doesn’t care who’s President. By noon, it began to rain, and rain soon turned into a full-blown storm bad enough to prompt the Amway Center to “strongly suggest” that the Trump fans seek shelter. However, Amway is not permitting them to seek shelter inside the Center, so they’re not having a good time.
it’s storming hard outside the Trump rally and not everybody is pleased pic.twitter.com/2SqAlx03na— Alex Thomas (@AlexThomasDC) June 18, 2019
“They won’t let us inside the Amway [Center] so we’re all out here with this stupid message, saying, ‘We strongly suggest that you seek shelter,’” says a Trump supporter in a video, according to Raw Story. “Where on earth are we going to seek shelter? We’re all under these little umbrellas.”
You could always go home.
The rally in Orlando, Florida is set to begin at 8 pm Eastern time. According to The Weather Channel, scattered thunderstorms are expected to continue until at least 8 pm, ending by 9 pm, unless Trump says something particularly evil and gets hit with another round of God’s wrath.
Just kidding, of course. Surely it’s only a coincidence.
Trump supporters have been lining up for the event and tailgating since 40 hours before the start of the rally, according to some reports, and are being directed by very official-looking individuals with vests that say “Bikers for 45” and other weirdness.
Florida residents who are not in line for this rally are not happy to see the crowd, but they are enjoying the weather.
Remember the last speech Donnie attempted to give in the rain. It was a washout. Well, Florida's climate is stirring up a beautiful storm in the wake of another Trump rally. Meanwhile, The Orlando Sentinel stated timely, "NOT Trump" then rips Trump to pieces. #TrumpRallyOrlando pic.twitter.com/rFRN9olNnH— SpiritedBorikén ???????????????????? ???????????????? (@aalamo25) June 18, 2019
Omg so many people lined up outside in a storm for the trump rally tmw I think I’m ready to get out Florida ????????— stevie (@StephaniePiero) June 17, 2019
My hard earned tax dollars at work. Florida tax payers also about to get stiffed for this rally that Trump will not pay one cent for. Nice perk to campaign when you are a @POTUS— Robert Duke (@RDukester) June 18, 2019
Among the attendees are members of the violent right-wing gang the “Proud Boys” and people wearing shirts supporting the shady and cult-like conspiracy group “Qanon.” Neither Trump nor anyone in his administration has condemned the presence of either.
The Proud Boys converge on the Trump rally in Florida. They tried to reach the anti-Trump protesters. So far, Orlando police have kept them apart. https://t.co/JJ7t46UgrQ— Indivisible SanDiego (@SDIndivisible) June 18, 2019
Florida continues to be a major spot for QAnon believers (https://t.co/at7C4ENzpZ), with apparently many of them coming for Trump's rally tonight. Here's a meme from a Discord chatroom for believers coordinating going to the rally. pic.twitter.com/ZH5MNNjQhY— Alex Kaplan (@AlKapDC) June 18, 2019
Proud Boys member (self-described Western Chauvinist men’s group) says he’s at Trump rally with tactical gear to protect Trump fans from liberals. pic.twitter.com/c36BtyQmUC— Jean Guerrero (@jeanguerre) June 18, 2019
And the rally hasn’t even started yet. Should be a weird one.