Confirmed, Trump to return to Pensacola

By Cassie Rhame

News Editor

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is set to return to the Pensacola Bay Center for a campaign stop at 7 p.m. on Sept. 9.

Trump sold out the stadium just eight months ago, leaving for promising results when it

comes to predicting the turnout. But taking into account Florida’s history as a swing state,

a sizable crowd will not guarantee anything for the nominee.

According to an article on CNN’s website, the close to three million independent voters in Florida are what create its unpredictable stance. It is precedent that Trump win over the Florida Panhandle in

order to acquire the state’s vote.

His first visit brought discussion on immigration, gun rights, the proposed border wall, and a man who allegedly blocked a bullet with his pocket-sized bible.

“He made very engaging arguments pertaining to foreign affairs and the United States relationship with both Mexico and the Middle East,” said construction management major Jake Craft, who attended Trump’s January campaign stop. “I am convinced that if there is anyone that is economically savvy enough to ameliorate our current financial standing, it’s Trump.”

Craft also said that Trump could lose trust from his tendency to “crowd please.”

Other students, like junior art history major Madison Murphy, are disgruntled by Trump’s return.

A wide variety of Trump promotional items were sold in the parking lot at his January Rally. Photo by Cassie Rhame.

A wide variety of Trump promotional items were sold in the parking lot at his January Rally. Photo by Cassie Rhame.

“I wish he wasn’t coming here. I wish he didn’t visit anywhere. I wish he wasn’t running for president,” said Murphy who will not be attending the event.

The USA Freedom Kids, who performed during Trump’s last visit to the Bay Center, will not be returning.  The manager of the group, Jeff Popick, is said to be planning on suing the Trump administration regarding empty promises for future performances by the girls, according to the Pensacola News Journal’s website.

“I remember there being way more people than I thought there would be (at the January rally),” said Pensacola local Freddie Haydn-Slater. “I don’t have a strong opinion on Trump, but I will be going on Friday just to see what all goes down.”

Lines were wrapped around the stadium for his January visit, so plan to arrive early if you attend. Tickets are free, and available for reservation here.