Trump is launching his 2020 reelection campaign in Orlando, where more than two-thirds of residents disapprove of him.
Trump may be officially kicking off his 2020 reelection campaign in Orlando, but he shouldn't expect to win the city next November when voters head to the polls for the general election.
In fact, more than two thirds, or 69%, of voters in Orlando disapprove of Trump, according to a Public Policy Polling survey paid for by the Florida Democratic Party.
Of course, Trump lost Orange County — where Orlando is located — in 2016 to Hillary Clinton by a wide margin, taking just 35% to Clinton's 60%.
But Trump having a 69% disapproval rating, and only a 29% approval rating, more than two years into his tenure means his already poor position in the city has fallen further. A Morning Consult survey has also shown a 22-point approval rating slide statewide for Trump since he took office.
And it's no wonder Orlando residents despise Trump: Trump's policies have been terrible for both residents of the city and the state overall.
Central Florida, where Orlando is located, saw the highest number of mass layoffs last year than it had seen since 2010. And wages in the city are among the lowest of the 50 biggest cities in America.
Even worse, more than 545,000 Floridians got a tax increase, thanks to the GOP tax scam Trump supported and helped push through the then-Republican controlled Congress — even though the top 1% saw a tax cut.
It's not the first time Trump has held campaign rallies in cities that hate his guts and want nothing to do with him.
Back in February, residents of El Paso — including Republicans — were enraged that Trump picked their city to hold a rally to push his racist border wall. They said Trump was lying about their city in an effort to make a case for a pointless wall.
As Trump prepares to hold his rally in Orlando, residents of the city are gearing up to protest his visit.
City residents will hear an ad featuring the devastating audio of separated children at the border to remind them why they dislike Trump so much.
A year after @ProPublica released the audio of migrant children crying for their parents, Trump is still separating families.
— Bridge Project (@BridgeProject21) June 18, 2019
The infamous balloon depicting Trump as a baby is also expected in the city. And one of the city's largest newspapers's the Orlando Sentinel, wrote an editorial urging people to vote for anyone but Trump in 2020. It's a big step for the paper, which often endorses Republican presidential hopefuls.
Ultimately, Trump may point to the adoring crowds at his rally to say his standing in Florida is good heading into the 2020 campaign.
But judging by poll numbers, the audience is likely not coming from Orlando.
Published with permission of The American Independent.