With an impeachment inquiry underway, an unpredictable foreign policy scene, and half a dozen legitimate threats to reelection, President Donald Trump needs to recharge. He needs a destination that will remove him from the harsh political climate of the White House and instead surround him in a warm environment of adoring supporters.
He’ll be in that environment on Thursday when he visits the Villages.
The Sumter county community has been a conservative stronghold for years now. It has been a must visit location for any Republican politician that wants to tap into an organic base that goes to conservative movies, buys conservative books, and most importantly dependably votes for conservatives up and down the ballot on election day.
For a few hours, Donald Trump will be in a comfy blanket of support based in miles down the road from Orlando.
The only negative aspect for Trump is that it’s not a campaign visit. While he kicked off his reelection bid at the Amway Center right here in “The Heart of the I4 Corridor”, this will be a health care stop for him. It should still activate awareness of the base in this critical battleground region, but it won’t be the heavy draw that it was a couple of months back.
That shouldn’t worry his supporters, we’ll see him and Mike Pence plenty of times before next November.
And his Democratic potential opponents should take note. He’s invested far more into Central Florida than they have. So far we’ve gotten a Joe Biden private fundraiser and a Pete Buttigieg town hall here in Orlando. That’s it.
As for tomorrow, this isn’t just a business stop for the President. It’s an escape.
Note: I’ll be on WMFE 90.7 providing analysis on the President’s visit from about noon to 1pm. Feel free to call in!