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Postponed: Donald Trump Jr. appearance at Gainesville gun store Monday for ‘Make America Great Again’ event

The event will be held at Lawful Defense Guns and Transfers at noon.

Donald Trump Jr.’s previously scheduled visit on Monday to a Gainesville gun store as a campaign event will be postponed following news of President Donald Trump testing positive for coronavirus.

The President’s son was planning to host a Make America Great event. The President’s son was planning to be at a unique campaigning location — a gun store.

Trump’s campaign manager, Bill Stepien, said in a statement, “All previously announced events involving members of the First Family are also being temporarily postponed.” However, Vice President Mike Pence, who has tested negative for COVID-19, plans on resuming his scheduled campaign events.

The event was supposed to be held at Lawful Defense Guns and Transfers, a retail gun shop in the city, at noon. According to a press release about the event, Trump Jr. was going to “speak directly with the American people, spreading President Trump’s Make America Great Again agenda.”

The President’s son also planned to stop in Kennesaw, Georgia, next week as part of the two-stop tour. In Kennesaw, Trump Jr. was to meet at the Governor’s Gun Club. 

These two stops would have immediately followed Trump Jr. and leading MMA fighter Jorge Masvidal‘s three-stop “Fighters Against Socialism” bus tour in Florida this Saturday.

“The anti-communism bus tour will be arriving at a city near you,” the combat sports veteran said.

The “kick-off” event for the tour, at the Tampa Convention Center, was supposed to start at 11 a.m. From there, the bus was to move onward to Kissimmee’s Nación De Fe at 2 p.m.

The tour was supposed to finish in Coconut Creek with a 6 p.m. wrap-up at the American Top Team gym.

Masvidal has shared the stage with President Trump before, including at a Latinos for Trump event in September.

The President notably lauded a knockout punch the fighter threw in a 2019 fight.

“What was it? About a second? Two seconds? You ran across the ring and the guy was gone and that was the end of it. Did they have to pay you for that evening or not? Because one second,” Trump quipped, “that’s a good return.”

The Trump campaign’s focus on Hispanic voters continues in the Sunshine State, emboldened by polls that show the President gaining traction with Latino demographics compared to his campaign’s performance in 2016.

Trump Jr.’s planned campaign stops follow a wild debate, where the President refused to condemn white supremacy. Immediately following the Tuesday night debate, Trump continued on the campaign trail in Minnesota.

On Wednesday, Democratic nominee Joe Biden launched his most aggressive day on the campaign trail so far this year, with eight stops on a train tour that began mid-morning in Cleveland and ended 10 hours later in Pennsylvania.

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Kelly Hayes studied journalism and political science at the University of Florida. Kelly was born and raised in Tampa Bay. A recent graduate, she enjoys government and legal reporting. She has experience covering the Florida Legislature as well as local government, and is a proud Alligator alum. You can reach Kelly at kelly@floridapolitics.com.

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