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Undecided: Rick Scott to ‘review’ Donald Trump’s birthright citizenship proposal

A controversy Gov. Rick Scott likely didn’t want to deal with in the closing days of his Senate campaign: Birthright citizenship.

But on Friday, that controversy landed on Scott’s doorstep, with Sen. Lindsey Graham on the campaign trail with his fellow Republican.

The South Carolina U.S. senator is pushing a key point in President Donald Trump‘s agenda: Moving the ball forward on a re-conception of birthright citizenship as established in the 14th Amendment, vowing legislation on that front.

Trump has signaled a willingness to test the long-held interpretation with an executive order nullifying birthright citizenship for children of illegal immigrants born in the United States.

A strong base play, to be sure.

Yet for Scott, who has performed a complicated tango with Trump since the 2016 campaign, this controversy clouds the closing message.

The base-riling birthright citizenship issue being injected into the race distracts from more inclusive “melting pot” rhetoric that he ideally would be pushing as early voting heads into its final weekend.

Graham didn’t mention the issue in his remarks, and Scott didn’t meet with reporters afterward, removing a potential complication.

However, the Scott campaign did offer a statement after the event Friday afternoon, effectively saying he hadn’t arrived at a position yet.

“I believe legal immigration makes us a better and stronger country,” Scott said in the statement, “but illegal immigration does the opposite. I have not seen the details of what the president is suggesting and would need to fully review the proposal.”

“While I’ve been clear that Florida is a great melting pot, America’s immigration system is broken and Congress, including Sen. Nelson, has done nothing to fix the problem.

“My priorities continue to be securing the border and fixing the long-broken immigration system,” Scott added.

Scott had avoided giving reporters an answer to this question earlier in the week, but what’s clear is that any answer is fraught with potential adverse consequences.

Barack Obama backs Democrats, rejects divisiveness

Eschewing the racially charged rhetoric and divisiveness that have dominated campaigns in Florida and throughout the nation, former President Barack Obama relied on a message of hope Friday as he urged a crowd of supporters to vote for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum and U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson.

“Don’t get anxious or freaked out. Don’t throw up your hands in despair. Don’t boo,” Obama, appearing onstage with the top-of-the-ticket Florida Democrats, told the crowd, which responded with “Vote!”

The former President’s trip to the Sunshine State was sandwiched between two appearances in Florida by President Donald Trump, who held a rally Wednesday in Lee County and is scheduled to appear Saturday night at another rally in Pensacola. Trump is trying to boost support for Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis and outgoing Gov. Rick Scott, who is seeking to unseat Nelson.

With more than 4 million mail-in and early-voting ballots already cast, and as tension between candidates ramps up before Tuesday’s election, Obama chided Republicans’ “repeated attempts to divide you with rhetoric designed to make us angry and make us fearful.”

Some of the harshest attacks have been leveled at Gillum, who is the Mayor of Tallahassee.

DeSantis and Trump have focused on an FBI inquiry into Tallahassee government, with the President calling Gillum a “stone-cold thief” and DeSantis repeatedly saying that he’s “the only candidate that isn’t the subject of an FBI investigation.” Gillum, meanwhile, has steadfastly maintained that he is not the subject of the federal probe.

Over the past week, Trump also has stoked fears about illegal immigration as he travels the country to support Republican candidates. The President has said he wants to do away with what he calls “birthright citizenship” in which children have citizenship because they were born in the U.S., though their parents entered the country illegally. Democrats, constitutional scholars and many Republicans say the process is enshrined in the Constitution and the President doesn’t have the authority to make the change.

Speaking to a Miami crowd that appeared to have similar numbers of white, blacks and Hispanics, Obama decried “racial and ethnic and religious division that pits us against one another” and “makes us believe that order will somehow be restored if it just weren’t for those folks that don’t look like us.”

“In four days, Florida, you can reject that kind of politics. In four days, you can be a check on that kind of behavior. In four days, you can choose a bigger, more prosperous, more generous vision of America, an America where love and hope conquer hate, an America where we the people, whatever we look like, whoever we love, however we choose to pray, however our ancestors came here, we can come together to shape our country’s course. That’s what Andrew Gillum stands for. That’s what Bill Nelson stands for. I’m hoping that’s what you stand for. That’s what you can do when you vote on Tuesday,” he said.

During his hour-long speech at the Ice Palace Film Studios, Obama was repeatedly heckled by members of the audience, including by several people escorted out by security guards.

The former President, however, took the interruptions in stride.

 “Why is it that the folks that won the last election are so mad all the time?” he asked, eliciting a roar of approval from the crowd. “When I won the presidency, at least my side felt pretty good.”

Obama also bemoaned “positive spin” used by politicians, pointing to himself as an example when he tries to take credit for washing the dishes at home.

But, growing more serious, Obama complained that too many elected officials and candidates “just repeatedly, baldly, shamelessly” are “making stuff up.”

He pointed to Trump’s reaction to a caravan of people from Central America headed to the Mexican border. Trump has ordered 15,000 troops to keep the immigrants from entering the U.S., something Obama called “a political stunt” in advance of Tuesday’s election.

“They make stuff up, but the problem is too often we fall for it,” he said, likening the public to the “Peanuts” comic strip’s Charlie Brown, who was repeatedly tricked by Lucy when she yanked away a football at the last minute as he prepared to kick it.

“She’d pull the ball away and he’d fall on his back. But he kept on doing it every time. Don’t be Charlie Brown. Don’t fall for the okey-doke. Don’t be bamboozled. Don’t be hoodwinked,” he warned. “When words stop meaning anything, when truth doesn’t matter, when people can just lie with abandon, democracy can’t work.”

He lambasted people “at the highest levels” for being dishonest.

“And the only check on that is you,” Obama said. “On Tuesday you can vote for a politics that’s decent, and honest, and lawful and tries to do right by people.”

Obama’s message resonated with Cedric Dawkins, a 50-year-old Miami resident who is in marketing and public relations.

“The most important issue, I feel, is that facts matter,” Dawkins said, objecting to “untruths and falsehoods” being used against Gillum, who is trying to become the state’s first black Governor.

“Andrew Gillum is the best candidate for the state of Florida, because of our diverse population,” said Dawkins, who is black.

Lindsey Graham: Rick Scott’s fortune is a ‘blessing from God’

On Friday, Gov. Rick Scott brought U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham to Jacksonville, in a potential preview of a Senate partnership.

In front of a crowd of roughly 100 people at a Christian school on the Westside, the South Carolina Republican extolled Scott’s reliability as he stressed issues he’d be reliable on (including Supreme Court votes, support for Israel, and tax reform).

But Scott’s ability to self-finance, not often a talking point for Scott’s campaign, informed the most interesting part of Graham’s remarks.

“When I heard Rick was running for the Senate, I got on my knees and said a prayer,” Graham said. “He’s the one guy who could make this a race. Because Florida’s expensive and incumbents are hard to beat.”

Graham noted that Scott “started with nothing, and has lived the American Dream. He’s put a lot of his own money into this race.”

“I asked Rick about this and he said ‘I’ve been blessed beyond measure. My children are good. My family is more than good. We’ve been very blessed,’ ” Graham added.

“My wife and (I) said ‘this money is a blessing from God and we’re going to use it to for good,’ ” Graham quoted Scott as saying.

Graham quipped that “you can do a lot of good as a U.S. Senator.”

Sen. Bill Nelson weighed in quickly.

Scott’s wealth has been an issue throughout his two terms as Florida Governor, with scads of critical reporting about his blind trust.

The Scotts are worth somewhere between $254 and $510 million at last check, and investments have done well, as one reporter noticed on the trail.

We would have asked Scott about Graham’s remarks after the event, and issues of divine provenance more generally, but his campaign did not schedule time for a gaggle.

Donna Shalala will ‘get it done for us,’ say supporters in new ad

Democratic candidate Donna Shalala is letting her supporters make her closing argument to voters in the campaign’s final ad of the 2018 midterm elections.

Shalala is competing for the seat in Florida’s 27th Congressional District against Republican nominee Maria Elvira Salazar and non-party affiliated candidate Mayra Joli.

Shalala’s new spot, titled “Getting It Done for Us,” features multiple supporters of her campaign reading off a list of reasons why they plan to cast their vote for the Democrat. The video cuts between different supporters as they all make their case.

“The only way to take on Donald Trump and change Washington is by electing someone who’s taken on the toughest battles for our community and won,” the various supporters say.

“And that’s Donna Shalala. Donna’s worked to provide health care coverage for millions of children. She’ll break through the gridlock to lower our medical costs under prescription drugs. I’m supporting Donna Shalala. She’ll get it done for us.”

Though the race has been fairly tight throughout the general election, election analysts see Shalala as the favorite, to varying degrees.

The Shalala campaign also announced Friday the support of civil rights leader and Georgia U.S. Rep. John Lewis. Lewis released a statement touching on the recent terror threats from a Trump supporter, as well as the attack on a synagogue in Pittsburgh last week.

“During this moment of fear and hate, Donna Shalala is exactly the leader that South Florida needs in Congress,” Lewis said. “Donna has the experience, leadership and integrity to lead her community through these troubling times. I’m proud to support Donna because as your representative, I am confident she will work every day to live out the age old principle that we are one.”

“Congressman Lewis has been the moral compass of our country for decades and a role model for generations of future leaders,” Shalala said.

“He is a tireless promoter of equality, fairness and justice in America and an outspoken advocate in Congress for those who don’t have a voice. I look forward to the opportunity to join Congressman Lewis in Congress and join his work to expand voting right for all Americans and rid our communities of the senseless gun violence that has torn apart too many South Florida communities.”

Jimmy Buffett to hold Saturday concert for Andrew Gillum, Bill Nelson

Jimmy Buffett is strumming for free again to help get out the vote for statewide Democratic candidates.

This time, however, Buffett’s melodies will favor Bill Nelson, who’s hoping to keep his U.S. Senate seat, and Andrew Gillum, the Democratic candidate for Governor.

The event, free of charge, is open to the public. Buffett’s “small acoustic set” will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Meyer Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach.

The last politics-focused concert held by the Florida musician, entrepreneur and philanthropist supported former congresswoman Gwen Graham, who ultimately lost to Gillum in the Aug. 28 primary.

But with less than a week away from the election, Buffett is making clear that he’s now firmly behind the Democratic Party and their candidates.

“If you haven’t noticed yet, there is an election next Tuesday, and I am glad to support Mayor Andrew Gillum for Governor, and my longtime friend Sen. Bill Nelson for re-election,” Buffett said.

“Clean water, clean beaches and clean energy are the lifeblood of Florida now and in the future.”

Joining Buffett on stage will be Nelson, Gillum and presumably other statewide Democratic candidates, described by the Florida Democratic Party as the “winning ticket.”

“As a fifth-generation Floridian, who loves our state’s unique environment, I’m proud Jimmy’s out singing for votes,” Nelson said of Buffett.

“As a life-long Floridian and music legend, Jimmy Buffett understands the essence of Florida, and what’s needed to protect our beautiful environment that inspires those ‘Floridays,’ ” added Gillum.

Later on Saturday, Republican statewide candidates are likely to be in Pensacola, where President Donald Trump will host his third 2018 rally in Florida.

Preceding Buffett’s concert is a rally with former President Barack Obama on Friday in Miami at Ice Palace Film Studios.

Maria Elvira Salazar dances around Donald Trump birthright citizenship proposal

Republican Maria Elvira Salazar appears to be playing to both side of the controversy surrounding Donald Trump‘s proposal to end birthright citizenship via an Executive Order.

Salazar is competing with Donna Shalala in Florida’s 27th Congressional District.

Trump claimed Tuesday that he was reviewing whether to use an EO to revoke birthright citizenship as a way to combat illegal immigration. By removing citizenship for children of parents who are in the country illegally, the reasoning goes, fewer families would make the trip to give birth within the U.S.

The 14th Amendment to the Constitution serves as the basis for providing that those born inside U.S. territory are automatically granted citizenship.

Legal scholars very much dispute whether that reality could even be changed by an EO, as do several of Trump’s fellow Republicans.

Outgoing Speaker of the House Paul Ryan stated flatly, “You cannot end birthright citizenship with an Executive Order.” And on Twitter, U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart said, “I strongly disagree with the proposed Executive Order.”

Salazar was in that camp as well, tweeting Tuesday, “@realDonaldTrump, our Constitution is sacred! Birthright Citizenship is protected and you cannot change that by executive order. Focus efforts on immigration reform that secures our borders and is true to our legacy of being a nation of immigrants.”

But the next day, she changed her tune. Speaking with the media after voting with U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and Republican gubernatorial running-mate Jeanette Nunez, Salazar seemed at least open to the idea.

“It is also true that this is a country of laws and a country where you have to respect the Constitution and if the Constitution says that people born in this country have to become American citizens, but we have to see which ones, and who they are and under what rules — not just anyone,” Salazar said in comments flagged by the Miami Herald.

“The first clause of the 14th Amendment needs to be reviewed, but I think the President is saying what I think my community shares, the fact that we do not want abuses.”

Perhaps Salazar’s outrage expressed in her tweet is simply directed at the use of an EO, but she is otherwise open to the idea of revoking birthright citizenship altogether. Or perhaps Salazar changed her mind in the course of a day.

A request for comment to the Salazar campaign clarifying her position on the issue is pending.

The Florida Democratic Party hammered Salazar’s comments in a statement obtained by Florida Politics.

“It’s typical for Republicans like Maria Elvira and Donald Trump to ignore basic civics just to stoke divisiveness and fear in our communities,” said Javier Hernandez, spokesperson for the Florida Democratic Party.

“First Republicans went after Dreamers, then they locked immigrant children up in cages, and now they shamefully target the constitutional birthright of American children simply based on who their parents are. Voters have an opportunity this November to reject Republicans like Maria Elvira Salazar who will rubber stamp Trump’s disastrous immigration policies.”

As for the likelihood that this change will ever occur? Well, it’s complicated.

The relevant portion of the 14th Amendment reads, emphasis mine, “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.”

So anyone born in the U.S. becomes a citizen, so long as they are subject to the jurisdiction of the U.S.

Proponents of revoking automatic birthright citizenship argue that immigrants here illegally are not subject to the jurisdiction of the U.S., as their loyalty remains to their country of origin.

But other legal scholars argue the meaning of the clause is much more narrow. Essentially, that clause only exempts people such as ambassadors, who retain exemptions from U.S. law even on U.S. soil.

In contrast, people here illegally are still very much subject to the jurisdiction of the U.S. They can be charged with crimes, held in jails and charged with breaking U.S. law, just as if they were a citizen.

What Trump seemingly wants to do is use an EO to alter the definition of that portion of the 14th Amendment.

Short of that, Trump also proposed having Congress enact a law clarifying the language. Either way, the action would almost certainly lead to a fight within the courts to hash out the meaning of the 14th Amendment as it applies to birthright citizenship.

Incidentally, Trump’s own judicial nominations could stop his proposal if it ever gets that far.

DeSantis

Here’s a poll that shows Ron DeSantis leading race for Florida governor

A new poll from Alabama-based research firm Cygnal isn’t much of a surprise: Florida’s races for Governor and U.S. Senate are in a statistical dead heat.

But the survey is one of few to suggest Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis has the edge in his race against Democrat Andrew Gillum.

The poll put DeSantis ahead of Gillum 47-46, a lead within the poll’s 4 point margin of error.

Democratic U.S Sen. Bill Nelson, meanwhile, leads his Republican opponent, Gov. Rick Scott, 50-48.

“DeSantis and Nelson are both over-performing the generic ballot,” said Brent Buchanan, Cygnal’s president and founder.

Despite the apparent discrepancy, “Republicans should feel encouraged about where these two key races are headed,” he added.

Two other Republican statewide candidates — Attorney General hopeful Ashley Moody and incumbent appointed Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis — lead their Democratic opponents by nine and 11 points, respectively.

The poll did not survey the Florida race for Agriculture Commissioner, in which Republican Matt Caldwell is facing off against Democrat Nikki Fried.

The live telephone survey, conducted Oct. 27-29, sampled 495 likely Florida voters. Notably, 4 percent of the sample picked a third-party candidate and less than 2 percent remained undecided.

Many polls, including one released Wednesday morning, have suggested DeSantis and Gillum are gearing up for a photo finish. Those, however, typically give an inside-the-margin-of-error lead to Gillum. Others have afforded the Tallahassee Mayor as much as a 12-point lead.

The Cygnal survey, conducted through live landline and cell phone interviews, sampled 209 Republicans, 190 Democrats and 99 non-party affiliates.

Cyngnal asked those sampled if they would vote for Democrats, Republicans or a third-party candidate. Just more than 50 percent of the sample indicated they would vote for Democrats, while 46 percent indicated they would back Republicans on Election Day.

Pollsters in the state have emphasized the need to sample the correct amount of non-party affiliated voters.

Dr. Michael Binder, faculty director of the University of North Florida’s polling branch, said on Tuesday that he expects 19 percent of all ballots to come from non-party affiliates. In the Cygnal survey, 20 percent of the sample is composed of NPAs.

Gillum led by 14 points among the NPAs sampled.

The firm touts that it “nailed both the 2014 and 2016 election cycles, correctly predicting (Donald) Trump‘s margin in Florida and his win in Wisconsin.”

“President Trump’s image is weighing heavily on Florida voters as they pick their next Governor and U.S. Senator,” said Josh Pendergrass, Cygnal’s director of client strategy.

“The key is going to be who shows up to vote and the final partisan composition. If supporters of the president turn out, Republicans will probably win, if not, Democrats have a shot at both the Governor’s mansion and maintaining their U.S. Senate seat.”

Which Republicans snubbed the Florida #MAGA rally?

When President Donald Trump held a rally days before the midterms, it drew a number of prominent Republican leaders to Fort Myers.

But it failed to draw a few others.

U.S. Rep. Francis Rooney and Congressional hopeful Greg Steube both gave speeches from the stage promoting the president’s agenda. And from the stage, Trump praised other officials who traveled to Southwest Florida, including U.S. Reps. Gus Bilirakis and Matt Gaetz, as well as Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis.

But U.S. Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart and Vern Buchanan were nowhere to be found, despite running in nearby districts.

Steube, running in Florida’s 17th Congressional District, tied himself directly to Trump’s agenda and said the President will need reinforcements in the U.S. House.

“Send me to the front lines, Southwest Florida, and I’ll fight for you in Congress,” said Steube.

He’s favored to win his race against Democrat Allen Ellison, but wasn’t giving up a chance to rally an arena full of voters at a nearby venue.

Rooney, meanwhile, promoted Trump’s recent approval of the $1.6-billion Everglades Agricultural Area Reservoir. That funding exceeds the total spent on helping the region with its environmental issues during eight years under President Barack Obama, Rooney said.

“He [Trump] promised to help the Everglades,” Rooney said, “and he did.”

Rooney noted he faces opposition in Florida’s 19th Congressional District without mentioning Democrat David Holden by name. But he said the primary focus was on helping President Trump and delivering Southwest Florida votes for statewide races like the election of Rick Scott to U.S. Senate.

“What we really need is to run up the score, just like we did in 2016,” Rooney said.

And of course, Trump held the rally primarily to boost the chances for Scott against Democratic incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson and to lift gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis over Democrat Andrew Gillum. 

And both Scott and DeSantis jumped at the opportunity to share the stage. In fact, news of the rally prompted Scott to announce his own return to the campaign trail after weeks overseeing storm recovery in Florida’s Panhandle.

But some candidates in close contests apparently saw no benefit in attending the rally.

Most notably, Diaz-Balart could not be found in Hertz Arena, despite facing an increasingly potent challenge from Democrat Mary Barzee Flores in Florida’s 25th Congressional District. Democrats bought a barrage of ads airing right now in the Fort Myers-Naples market.

While the rally took place in Rooney’s district, about a third of Mario Diaz-Balart’s district is in the TV market. Moreover, the Collier County slice of voters remains one of the most reliably conservative areas of the state, much less of the 25th District.

Another notable absence, Buchanan. The Sarasota Republican also faces a significant challenge by Democrat David Shapiro in Florida’s 16th Congressional District. But Buchanan in his race has stressed his moderate positions on the environment, stressing points of opposition with the president on offshore oil exploration.

Miami Republican Maria Elvira Salazar, one of the election cycle’s surprising strong candidates, didn’t make the 90-minute drive to Fort Myers, despite a likelihood many Republicans in Florida’s 27th Congressional District may well have felt the pull. Salazar faces Democrat Donna Shalala.

And Agriculture Commissioner candidate Matt Caldwell, a North Fort Myers Republican, posted no rally pictures on his feed, despite posting evidence he campaigned in nearby Immokalee the same day as the event.

Donald Trump brings MAGA magic to Ron DeSantis, Rick Scott campaigns

A crowd of some 8,000 cheered inside Estero’s Hertz Arena as President Donald Trump took to the stage in a last-minute push for midterm votes.

Drawing applause with a promise to end birthright citizenship and touting new funding for a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee, he said, “America is thriving and winning because we finally are putting America first.”

But most of all, Trump came to boost the chances of two statewide Republicans who joined him on stage.

The president celebrated Gov. Rick Scott, whom he’d like to see in the U.S. Senate this fall, and he cheered on former Rep. Ron DeSantis, the GOP nominee for Governor.

Trump called Scott “one of the best governors in Florida history.”

“He will keep the Florida boom in full swing,” Trump said.

Scott, riding solid approval ratings for his response to Hurricane Michael as he challenged Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson, said Trump deserved credit for federal response to both Michael and Hurricane Irma last year.

“Every day he calls me, and every time, he asks, what do you need?” Scott said.

Then, as DeSantis came on stage, he turned to bombastic lines to rev up the capacity crowd.

Of Democratic opponent Andrew Gillum, DeSantis contrasted his own positive relationship with Trump to a potentially fractious one with Gillum.

“He’s running on impeaching the president,” DeSantis said of Gillum. “This is a guy who took bribes from an undercover agent. Maybe we should impeach him as mayor of Tallahassee.”

That set the crowd into chants of “Lock Him Up,” a cheer reminiscent of the “Lock Her Up” cheers when Democrat Hillary Clinton dealt with an FBI investigation while running against Trump in 2016.

Trump joined in critiquing both Gillum and Nelson, calling Gillum “too extreme for the state of Florida.”

“Tallahassee is one of most corrupt cities anywhere in the United States,” he said. “Is this really what we want?”

Of Nelson, Trump said in all of his years dealing with properties in Florida, he only ever saw Nelson six months before an election: “Then you don’t see anybody but him.”

In the late part of his speech, he drilled in the need to eliminate birthright citizenship.

Trump dismissed arguments the U.S. Constitution’s 14th Amendment would prohibit him from changing that by executive order: “Illegal aliens are not subject to the jurisdiction of the United States,” he said.

Halloween in Trumpland

When President Donald Trump announced he’d host an Oct. 31 rally in Florida, the real question wasn’t what he’d say but what the crowd would wear. 

Would there be vacuform masks of The Donald? Would witches cast some unholy spell to life Rick Scott’s Senatorial ambitions, or could some sexy version of a children’s cartoon show pass out “Make America Great Again” signs?

Well, the short answer is no.

Secret Service clamped down on masks and elaborate costumes, and for the pols who speak at such rallies, not staring into a crowd of people in monster masks is just fine.

Yet, the event did include a few folks that weren’t in street clothes.

You could find a Tea Party-loving patriot in a tri-cornered hat, for example.

“This isn’t a costume,” explained the Trump fan. “It’s my tuxedo.”

Granted, such historic costumes show up at Republican rallies during all times of the year, so Secret Serve may be used to the revolutionary garb.

And then there was a Trump look-alike. Quite a few of them, actually.

One of them got into a shouting match with CNN’s Jim Acosta, and the costume surely helped catch the attention of the crowd, which cheered the altercation on.

But then a suit and a red tie is just a suit and a red tie. And can dye their hair strawberry blond. Red hats topped an expectedly high percentage of heads in Hertz Arena Wednesday night. So really, it’s just clothes.

But then there was the Elvis costume.

How did this get past security? Hard to say.

Could be work clothes, and it makes some sense that Elvis impersonators would gravitate from Vegas to the Immokalee casino as a certain generation of retires calls Southwest Florida home.

But when it comes right to it, the raucous gathering of folks at a #MAGA rally can be a spectacle to behold any day of the year.

And for an arena full of people in Fort Myers, that level of festivity was enough to give up a night of trick or treating.

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