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7 reasons Donald Trump’s rally in Tampa will suck

The Trump Show is coming to Tampa, and it couldn’t be a worse day for The Big Guava. 

The President will ostensibly be at the fairgrounds to boost his favored candidate for Florida governor, Rep. Ron DeSantis. 

But mostly, if experience is any guide, he’s going to talk about himself.

The Donald will no doubt relish his opportunity to vent his spleen unfiltered in front of an adoring crowd of acolytes.

But is it good for his party? Nope, critics say. 

In fact, “all of this is bad for the Republican Party,” former Republican Congressman David Jolly told the Tampa Bay Times, warning of “a swift and hard correction come November.”

“We recognize that a wipeout of congressional candidates and gubernatorial candidates like DeSantis might be an inflection point to say this has gone too far and we can no longer be a party with a governing majority that represents the broader diversity of this country.”

That may be, but for now, here are the Top 7 reasons why Trump’s rally will suck.

The Location — If you’ve been smart all of your life and avoided the Florida State Fairgrounds, you won’t regret your decision if you decide to skip Tuesday’s rally. The Fairgrounds is, to use the appropriate vernacular, a swamp. The actual rally will take place in the Expo Hall, but you’ll still have to park and walk through what basically resembles the infield of a monster truck rally.

The Location, Part 2 — The Fairgrounds shouldn’t even be associated with Tampa Bay. It’s in Tampa, yes, but barely. It’s really in Seffner or Thonotosassa or some other place in the sticks where Cousin Eddie retired to. Undoubtedly, the locals will be out in force tomorrow night, chanting “Lock her up” and threatening the caged-in press corps.

The Traffic — It’s not impossible to get to the Fairgrounds, especially if you’re coming from I-75, but if you overnighted anywhere to the west of that and are driving to the event along I-4, you’re in for the kind of snarling traffic that will is the automotive equivalent of a Chinese finger puzzle.

The Weather — It feels as if has been raining every day since July 4. And when it’s not raining, it’s uncomfortably hot and humid. The National Weather Service in Tampa Bay described the recent weather pattern best in a tweet Sunday morning: “If someone randomly showed up with this satellite image and told me to guess what month it was from … July would not be my first guess. It wouldn’t be my second or third guess either.” The forecast calls for late afternoon showers — right about when folks will be in line to see POTUS.

The Message — By campaigning in Florida just as early ballots arrive in mailboxes, Trump is, again, setting a bad precedent. He keeps breaking the unspoken rule that sitting presidents don’t pit primary opponents in their own party against each other.

The Sh*tshow — Even Jeff Greene said he’ll attend the protest planned for Trump’s appearance at the fairgrounds. Look for other protests to break out.

The Blowback — The bottom line is that Trump is fanning the base at expense of the general election. He’s giving undecideds who don’t like him a reason to vote against DeSantis.

If there is any upside to Trump rallying tonight in Tampa, it’s that he’ll be doing so across the street from the Seminole Hard Rock Casino. Do yourself a favor and enjoy one of the best steaks you’ll have anywhere at its Council Oak. Then hit the blackjack tables and enjoy the show via Twitter.

Written By

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including Florida Politics and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. Schorsch is also the publisher of INFLUENCE Magazine. For several years, Peter's blog was ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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