Trump stumps for votes in Pensacola

By Kenny Detwyler

Contributing Writer

In the closing week of the 2016 Presidential elections, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump returned to Pensacola for a third time. At the Nov. 2 rally, Trump made one of his final pitches to his pa

Trump's final rally in Pensacola ended with a fireworks display across the bay.

Trump’s final rally in Pensacola ended with a fireworks display across the bay.

nhandle supporters during this election cycle.

To open his speech, he appeared to parrot advice from his aids to “stay cool” and stay on message. While his speech was more toned down compared to others, it still contained the same rhetoric that his supporters came to hear; attacks on Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, job creation, and another plug for the proposed border wall.

The packed Bayfront Amphitheater, which holds 10,000 was filled to capacity, something that Trump is counting on in this election. Florida’s 29 electoral votes are considered a must win for him to clinch the presidency on Tuesday.

Although Northwest Florida is usually a reliable republican strong hold, he needs to attract a larger base. To do that, he needs support from long time GOP voters, as well as a new coalition of younger voters.

“I think he will help grow the economy, so there will be more jobs for us after college,” freshman Brett Farran said.

“The president will be making decisions that impact us for the next four years, especially as a freshman, I’ll have him throughout all of college, and if you don’t vote you’re saying that you’re okay with the older generation telling you who is in charge of you, by voting, you are saying that I am going to decide who leads me.”

Those sentiments were held by other students who attended the rally.

“After passing 18-19, you start to develop your own opinion on political stuff and world issues,” senior history major Caleb Pascoe said.

“I really started listening to more of what he had to say, and even though he is a little more on the bombastic side of things, he’s starting to become a lot more professional and he’s focusing his energy in the right place.”

Pascoe also had the opportunity to drive in Trump’s motorcade to the amphitheater. He personally transported Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, husband of Ivanka Trump.

Trump ended the event, and likely his campaigning in the panhandle, with a bang. A dazzling fireworks show over the Escambia Bay, was shown as Trump headed off to other battle ground states to sure up support in his race to the White House.

Now, as the rallies come to an end and the candidates gives their closing arguments, the power shifts to the voter.

“100 percent, no matter who you vote for, go out and vote,” Pascoe said. “It’s a right and a duty. It’s innate to the American character.

“It takes like 10 minutes; you could order a pizza, go vote, and then pick up the pizza. Just get out and vote, it’s the most American thing you could do.”

Election Day is Nov 8. and polling locations and voter info for Escambia County residents can be found here.