Donald Trump rally draws large crowd, few protesters to downtown

Posted at 11:15 AM, Jun 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-11 12:48:02-04


The line to see Donald Trump at the Tampa Convention Center formed long before dawn today.

It grew as a bright sunrise peaked above palm trees fronting the nearby Amalie Arena in Tampa's Channelside district.

The visit marks the GOP presumptive presidential nominee's first campaign stop in Tampa since wrapping up a slew of successful state primaries.

Trump is expected to face Democratic presumptive presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in November to become the nation's 45th president.

Florida voters, with particular emphasis on those who live along the I-4 corridor, ares expected to be highly targeted during the presidential campaign season for Clinton and Trump.

Members of the Florida Democratic Party gathered at 9 a.m. at Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park east of the convention center and Amalie Arena for a press conference ahead of Trump's 11 a.m. rally.

They condemned many of Trump's comments, calling it racist. The Democrats also described Trump's presidential campaign as divisive and dangerous.

The Democrats also called for an independent investigation of Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. They said Bondi looked the other way surrounding her refusal to investigate fraud claims against Trump University while soliciting campaign funds from Trump.