We are two days away from President Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” rally in Pensacola.
On Friday, the Pensacola Bay Center will be filled with thousands of people ready to hear what the President has to say.
Some locals are excited. Others, not so much.
“We’ve been to the past Trump rallies, and we really enjoy them,” said Cheryl Lombardo. “I just love hearing him speak.”
“It’s not my scene and not what I’m here to support,” said Doug Standford. “We don’t share a lot of the same beliefs.”
It’s been more than a year since Trump has visited Pensacola. He was in the city campaigning for the 2016 General Election.
No matter their political affiliation, almost every local we spoke with had the same question – why is Trump coming here now?
“I was surprised,” said Natalie Mcelhany. “I feel like he has a big fan base here already.”
Many people think Trump is coming to the Gulf Coast to support Alabama Senate Candidate Roy Moore, who is under fire amid sexual misconduct allegations.
President Trump has made statements that he will not campaign for Moore. However, he has made it clear that he does support Moore.
On Monday, the President tweeted in part: “Democrats refusal to give even one vote for massive tax cuts is why we need Republican Roy Moore to win Alabama.”
Trump hasn’t said whether he will campaign for Moore at the upcoming rally, but there is speculation since Pensacola is in the same media market as South Alabama.
Many local Democrat organizations in Escambia County are planning a protest at the rally. The Young Democrats of Escambia County released a statement which reads in part:
“We will no longer sit by and watch and as every person who has been sexually abused is told point blank by our government that they will not be believed and that people will elect those victimizers to rule over them.”
Locals we spoke with have mixed opinions on Trump supporting Roy Moore.
“I think morally, what he's doing is wrong and I think it should be addressed,” said Steven Miller.
“I think he was judged unfairly,” said Cheryl Lombardo. “This happened a very long time ago. Why didn't it come out then?”
The rally is set to start at 7 p.m. Friday at the Pensacola Bay Center. Doors will open at 4 p.m.
You can purchase a ticket by clicking here.
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