A sign at Donald Trump’s Jacksonville rally said, “The silent majority stands with Trump,” but the crowd at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center on Thursday afternoon was anything but silent.
It was Trump’s fourth stop in Florida within 24 hours.
Trump was quick to bring up President Barack Obama’s same-day visit to Jacksonville.
“Why isn’t he back in the White House bringing our jobs back and helping our veterans?” said Trump.
Obama was in town campaigning for Hillary Clinton.
“In five days, we are going to win the great state of Florida. And we are going to win back the White House,” said Trump.
“I think his main ambition is going to be to be the best president this country has ever had. And he’ll have the energy and the ideas to do it,” said Trump supporter Ann Williams.
Trump’s speech included some references to big Jacksonville issues.
“We’re going to spend a lot of money on our infrastructure, including the deepening, which you need, of the harbor at ‘Jack Port.’ Do we all know ‘Jack Port?’”
Trump was referring to the Jacksonville Port Authority, known as JAXPORT.
He also brought up CNN parting ways with Donna Brazile after hacked emails revealed she gave Hillary Clinton a town hall debate question in advance.
“But seriously, can you imagine if it was me who got those questions? You know what I’ve been saying. They would reinstitute the electric chair,” said Trump.
Trump’s campaign backed out of a one-on-one interview with Action News Jax during his visit to St. Augustine last week after we declined to send a list of questions in advance.
Action News Jax requested another one-on-one for this visit and did not get a response.
Within minutes of taking the stage in Jacksonville, Trump brought up a bombshell.
“It was reported that an avalanche of information is coming in. The FBI says the investigation is likely to yield an indictment,” said Trump.
He’s referring to a FOX News report on Wednesday night when anchor Bret Baier said FBI sources close to the investigation told him they would likely continue to push for an indictment.
On Thursday morning, Baier walked that back.
“I got to the end of that and said they have a lot of evidence that would likely lead to an indictment. But that’s inartfully answered,” said Baier. “For me to phrase it like I did, of course that got picked up everywhere. But the process is different than that.”